NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The outlook for crude is optimistic with the December 2011 futures contracts touching $100 a barrel on Nov. 24, according to Bloomberg data. A bullish outlook for crude oil augurs well for energy stocks, especially since the sector took a beating after a BP (BP) deepwater oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico -- one of the biggest natural disasters to date. Crude is up 7%-8% this year, although experts foresee prices hitting $100 a barrel next year as spare production capacity shrinks on accelerating demand.Positive U.S. economic releases, a stable China and India growth rates could support the spike in crude oil prices. However, slower euro zone growth could dampen the uptrend. Nevertheless, the Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) is outperforming the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ( SPY), delivering year-to-date returns of 10% and 7%, respectively. We have selected eight energy ADRs with potential upsides. These oil companies have strong fundamentals and earning prospects. Companies like Eni ( E) could grab headline news as the government of Italy plans to sell its stake in the company. In contrast, Total ( TOT), Repsol YPF ( REP), Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) and Statoil ( STO) have attractive dividend yields of 4.7%, 5.9%, 5.5% and 4.6%, respectively. Better dividend yields could make long-term investments in these companies productive, especially given the volatile market conditions. Several companies like BG Group ( BRGYY), OGX Petroleo ( OGXPY) and Petroleo Brasileiro ( PBR) have expansion plans from several exploratory wells in Brazil. This augurs well for these companies as newer capacities would boost their earnings profiles in the long term. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP) expects production from Puguang's main block to continue for more than 20 years. The stocks are stacked by upside, great to greatest.
Statoil ASA (NYSE:STO)
ENI S.p.A. Common Stock (NYSE: E)
Total S.A. (NYSE: TOT)
Repsol YPF S.A. Common Stock (NYSE: REP)
OGX Petroleo ADR (Other OTC: OGXPY.PK)
Sinopec Shangai Petrochemical (NYSE: SHI )
BG Group PLC ADS (Other OTC: BRGYY.PK )