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Dicker: I See Opportunity in Domestic E+P Companies on Oil Price Drop

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I was talking to Jim Cramer about the drop in domestic oil prices under $100. I believe this drop represents an opportunity.

Several separate incidents have conspired to drop WTI crude price in the last three days.

There's been a bond default in China, putting Chinese demand in doubt. On Wednesday the Energy Information Administration reported increasing stockpiles for the third straight week in the U.S. and there's been a moderation in the anxiety surrounding the Ukraine crisis.

Finally, a "test" of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, adding five million barrels of sour crude to the market, began Wednesday. All have combined to push prices for oil here in the United States under $100.

But I told Jim I believe oil will not make a new low in 2014 and that Brent prices, which are the real-world benchmark for global oil, remain steady despite all of these pressures. With the many oil stocks in U.S. exploration and production companies reeling, I think we have an opportunity to buy some shares when they're moderately "on sale."

If the charts hold, then WTI oil should not trade below $94 before finding an interim bottom, despite the free-falling trade of other commodities that China depends upon, including copper.

That makes companies like Anadarko Petroleum (APC), EOG Resources (EOG) and Noble Energy (NBL) relatively good value here.

I talk more with Jim about oil in the video above.

At the time of publication the author had a position APC and NBL.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

Dan Dicker has been a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange with more than 25 years of oil trading experience. He is a licensed commodities trade adviser.

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