Oil makes the world go ’round, and finding more oil is one of the principal goals of multinational energy giants like Exxon Mobil (XOM), British Petroleum (BP) and Chevron (CVX). Unfortunately, it has become harder and harder to find fields that really move the needle for corporate or national reserve totals. Nevertheless, just because it is difficult does not mean it is impossible, and investors can look back to some notable successes in the history of the oil industry [for more crude oil news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Sovereign debt worries in Europe are causing global economic growth trends to slow. This is bad news for the energy industry, which thrives when the business cycle is in full swing and demand for its oil, natural gas, and refined products, including fuel and industrial chemicals, is high. But in an attempt to buy low and sell high when market conditions improve, now might be a good time to consider investing in market leaders with reasonable valuations. Below are five stocks that present enticing plays in the beaten down energy sector.
Gasoline is one of the most widely-known and used commodities worldwide. It is primarily utilized for fuels, but can be also used for various reasons like a solvent to dilute paints. While we refer to the liquid as gasoline here in the states, many other parts of the world know it by the term petrol, or sometimes petrogasoline. From a chemical standpoint, this low-density fuel is very volatile, not only because of its natural makeup, but also because of the numerous additives that can be mixed in. Some of these additives include lead, ethanol, and dye [see also The Guide To The Biggest Companies In Every Major Commodity Sector].