From USA Today

It’s time to stop pitying energy investors – and time to start envying them.

After months of torturous declines, energy stocks are making back some major money as oil prices rally. The 40 energy stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including Exxon Mobil (XOM), exploration company Range Resources (RRC) and pipeline company Kinder Morgan(KMI), have put $209 billion back into the pockets of investors since oil prices hit rock bottom on Jan. 20.

Talk about an unexpected gusher. The S&P 500 Energy Sector index is up more than 19% from the day oil hit its low and is now up 4.3% for the year. Energy stocks are the third best performers of the 10 sectors in the S&P 500 following utilities, up 13%, and consumer staples, up 4.3%.  That’s an impressive performance for energy stocks since the other two sectors are areas where investors hide when they’re afraid of the market. More good news could be coming. Futures markets project oil prices to rise another 6% through September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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