Crude oil is trending higher
On December 12, 2016, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil (UWTI) (USO) (OIIL) (USL) (SCO) (DWTI) January contracts closed at $52.83 per barrel. It was ~2.6% higher than the previous closing price and the highest level for 2016. Optimism around OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and non-OPEC producers agreeing to cut production fueled the bullish sentiment among traders. It helped oil prices continue their upturn.
In this series, we’ll take a look at the correlations between crude oil–weighted stocks and crude oil. We’ll also look at the correlations between natural gas–weighted stocks and natural gas.
Let’s look at some of the upstream companies that are part of the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) and operate with a production mix of at least 60.0% in crude oil.
Below are the correlations of these oil-weighted companies with WTI crude oil from November 12 to December 12, 2016.
- Occidental Petroleum (OXY) – 77.5%
- Concho Resources (CXO) – 77.2%
- California Resources (CRC) – 77.2%
- Kosmos Energy (KOS) – 75.1%
- Hess (HES) – 74.5%
- Denbury Resources (DNR) – 74.3%
- Whiting Petroleum (WLL) – 74.1%
Oil-weighted stocks in XOP that had the lowest correlation with crude oil include the following:
If you’re bullish on crude oil, particularly after OPEC and non-OPEC producers’ crucial deal, you might be interested in some of the stocks that have a high correlation with crude oil to realign your portfolio.
In the next part of this series, we’ll look at the returns of crude oil–weighted stocks compared to crude oil.