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This column was originally published on RealMoney on March 6 at 11:50 a.m. EST. It's being republished as a bonus for readers.

At what point do people just say, "Owning oil's too hard?"

I believe that point is rapidly approaching. Despite my affinity for the group, it's just playing too much havoc with performance.

I thought of that this weekend when I recognized that almost none of the stocks that

Investor's Business Daily

focuses on in its 100 list is still oil. The momentum is gone, courtesy of the endless backing and filling. The incredible decline in natural gas has made people feel that the whole run has been an aberration. Which is too bad, because that's just untrue. But fighting it has been way too hard.

Here's what I would do going forward: Pick one driller, pick one oil and trade around them. I am picking


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as well as

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. I would make sure you have a little on the sheets of these at all times and buy them on days like today.

But the big oil thesis has become too hard, and to not recognize it is to court underperformance against both the


and the

S&P 500

for the foreseeable future.

Which we know in this game is the



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At the time of publication, Cramer was long Occidental Petroleum and Halliburton.

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