Positive Signs in the Oil Patch - TheStreet

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We found out yesterday what happens when earnings peak in the oil patch, but the numbers are great anyway: The stocks go up.

When you get a magnificent quarter, as you

did yesterday with

Exxon

(XOM) - Get Report

, but the earnings are down 4%, you would expect the growth hounds on the Street would run from it. Nope, they bought it.

They did the same to

Royal Dutch

(RDSA)

, which, at last, is out of the doghouse because of its high replacement rate, although it is using tar sands in its calculations.

And they did the same to

Chevron

(CVX) - Get Report

,

even though it hadn't reported yet

.

These are all great signs for a group that has been viewed as finished. One of the reasons is that they are making

too

much money to ignore. They are buying back shares and paying dividends like mad.

Still, it is an amazing change, as very few groups have ever been able to resist the gravity of down earnings. This group is one of them.

At the time of publication, Cramer had no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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