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Is It Time to Get Back Into Energy Stocks?

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As you are probably aware, and for obvious reasons, when writing here I typically stick to energy markets, writing about either stocks in the sector or the commodities that underly them. That isn’t exactly a hard thing to do. Energy is an interesting sector, not least because it often moves without regard to general stock market sentiment. If oil is rising, stocks in the oil and gas industries will post gains almost whatever the sentiment around stocks in general, or it could be that rising output or some other fundamental influence holds energy stock back in a bull market. That lack of correlation makes energy not just interesting, but also essential to investors who want a properly diversified portfolio, and a good hiding place when circumstances make the broader market vulnerable, such as they do right now.

It doesn’t look that way to some people, I’m sure. I mean, the S&P 500 keeps hitting record highs and closed above the psychologically important 5,400 level for the first time this week. On top of that, we have seen some spectacular pops in stocks after earnings in the tech sector. AI fever is translating to big sales for those supplying the boom, like Nvidia (NVDA) and Broadcom (AVGO), and exciting forecasts from others who will be actual users and deployers of AI programs, such as Microsoft (MSFT) and. more recently, Apple (AAPL).

It looks like the US economy is dealing with higher interest rates well and can continue to grow as well, and everyone seems…





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