NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I was talking to Stephanie Link about the dedicated U.S. oil producers in the Permian basin and other red-hot shale plays. While these stocks are flying high with momentum, I am taking most of my money off the table on these after scoring double-digit gains on all of them.
I don't want to push all the U.S. producers in one category because there is still some long-term value in the names that have diversification in production. Names like EOG Resources (EOG) and Anadarko (APC) and Noble Energy (NBL) , although they are all committed to liquids production of U.S. shale plays, are still part of my portfolio as I continue to like the value of diversification in the patch.
But the massively directed plays in the Permian particularly, names like Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Diamondback Energy (FANG) and even Cimarex (XEC) , a name I recommended highly at $92, have lost my love. I have now sold out of my holdings in these names entirely.
Several upgrades from the analysts at the major wire houses increase my nervousness with these names. I love buying stocks when they are out of favor with the analysts and investing long-term waiting for the world to figure out the value I think I've found. But when the majority of the public catches on and the targets from the analysts' reports start predicting lofty numbers, that is when I am likely to look elsewhere for a new opportunity.