Big Oil stocks raking in big profits despite sector slump

A positive industry trend could create strong tailwinds for some energy companies directly exposed to oil.

Vikram Barhat 29 November, 2017 | 6:00PM
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The U.S. energy sector is on course to end up as the second worst performing sector of 2017. On a year-to-date basis, the S&P 500 Energy Index is down more than 7% against a robust 18.4% total return for the S&P 500 Index, as of Nov. 24.

On a more upbeat note, though, oil prices have bounced back from the lows of the last few years, powered by an OPEC-led supply cut. In fact, this year they have been hovering around two-year highs, and there's expectation that they will continue to tick higher. The recent 2017 OPEC World Oil Outlook (WOO) report forecasts stronger long-term demand for oil, led by developing countries. Such growth is supportive for oil prices, which Morningstar expects to surge in 2018 to reach US$65 per barrel.

The positive industry trend could create strong tailwinds for some energy companies directly exposed to oil. While most of these companies are trading close to or just above their fair value, they are still trading well below their all-time highs -- some are still in the red for the year to date -- which suggests upside potential for long-term investors with some risk tolerance.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Chevron Corp103.03 USD-3.77Rating
Exxon Mobil Corp60.40 USD-2.56Rating
Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class B37.22 USD-5.22Rating
Total SE ADR46.42 USD-4.17Rating

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Vikram Barhat

Vikram Barhat  Vikram Barhat is a Toronto-based financial writer specializing in investing, stock markets, personal finance and other areas of the financial services industry. He also writes for CNBC, BBC, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star.

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