Tap the Brakes on Energy Stocks

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The stock market has bounced around quite a bit this week, up on Monday, and then down on Tuesday, Wednesday and again today. The reality is the market continues to oscillate, which is why stocks will be up one day and then down the next. This is the oscillating market I have referred to several times in Growth Investor.

A close-up shot of pipelines with a setting sun in the background.

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As I discussed earlier in March, we’re in the midst of a “mean reversion rally.” This is where the stocks that previously lagged suddenly become market leaders.

In this case, some of those market leaders have been in the energy sector. In fact, the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLE), which tracks energy stocks, is up about 30%, year-to-date. The Invesco QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ), which tracks tech stocks, is down about 0.8%, YTD.

XLE’s climb higher this year is certainly impressive, but the truth of the matter is it is not filled with fundamentally superior stocks, which is why I don’t expect its rally to last. XLE’s top five holdings are Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE:SLB) and EOG resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG), which are up between about 23% and 43%, YTD.

Again, this is an impressive performance in what’s been a particularly volatile market these past few weeks. However, when you plug those stocks into Portfolio Grader, their fundamentals actually aren’t much to sneeze at.

As you can see above, they all earn a C-rating for their Total Grade, making each stock a “Hold.” In addition, their Fundamental Grade is either C- or D-rated. This tells me that these stocks’ fundamentals are anything but superior.

The truth of the matter is crude oil prices have surged in the wake of the Biden administration’s cancelation of the Keystone Pipeline as well as a drilling ban on federal land. Crude oil prices are also benefitting from a worldwide economic recovery led by China, emerging markets and the U.S.

IEA Executive Director, Fatih Birol, stated, “We do not think gasoline consumption will come back to 2019 levels again.” The IEA noted that daily gasoline demand dropped by a record 2.9 million barrels in 2020, down more than 10% from 26.6 million barrels a day back in 2019.Interestingly, the International Energy Agency (IEA), based in Paris, is now forecasting that demand for diesel and gasoline is peaking due to growing market share for electric vehicles (EVs). The IEA does not expect that the demand for diesel and gasoline will return to pre-pandemic levels. The IEA also forecasted that 60 million EVs will be on the road in 2026, up from 7.2 million in 2019.

So, before you invest in energy stocks, I urge you to tap the brakes. Yes, many have posted spectacular performances this year, but crude oil prices may not stay high forever, especially since worldwide crude oil demand tends to ebb in the fall after surging in the spring due to the simple fact that there are more people in the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere. In other words, a seasonal demand anomaly for crude oil should never be confused with strength.

Stick with Fundamentally Superior Stocks

Instead, I encourage you to fill your portfolios with fundamentally superior stocks, which describes my Growth Investor Buy Lists stocks to a “T.” My average Growth Investor stock has had its earnings revised 16.7% higher in the past three months. Typically, positive analyst revisions precede future earnings surprises. In addition, my average stock is characterized by 66.1% annual sales growth and 276.4% earnings growth, so I am expecting a spectacular first-quarter earnings announcement season for my Growth Investor stocks, with my companies set to post wave-after-wave of positive earnings results.

This earnings season is important because it will represent peak sales and earnings for my Growth Investor stocks and the overall stock market due to easy year-over-year comparisons. Simply put, I look for many stocks to post earnings surprises, which, in turn, will drop kick and drive my Growth Investor stocks higher.

As always, my Growth Investor Buy Lists are “locked and loaded” for the coming earnings season. If you want your portfolio to be, too, now is an especially great time to join Growth Investor. You see, tomorrow I will be releasing four new stocks in my Growth Investor April Monthly Issue – two High Growth stocks and two Elite Dividend Payers. Every stock earns an A-rating in Portfolio Grader , and my Elite Dividend Payers also hold an A-rating in Dividend Grader, making them rare AA-rated stocks. (For full details, click here now.)

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Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

On the date of publication, Louis Navellier did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. 

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