Here's What Will Move Energy Stocks
With winter on the doorstep, it's a good time to think about what will impact energy equities during the final 31 days of 2005. This year has been very good for energy investors, especially compared to most other sectors of the market. However, investing is all about what will happen in the future.
I won't attempt to predict the weather, but here's a quick list of factors that will likely dictate energy trading in the coming weeks:
Of course, the big wild card is commodity prices. I believe oil and natural gas prices will moderate a bit into 2006, but winter isn't traditionally the season for weak commodity prices. As such, $50 oil and $9-$10 natural gas will likely be with us through the season. Although fluctuations in price will yield volatility in the stocks, weakness should yield opportunities through the winter months. Consider this list an early holiday gift. December should be a pretty quiet month, but watch the factors outlined above for their impact on the energy group.
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