The Relationship between Natural Gas–Weighted Stocks and Oil

Natural gas–weighted stocks

The natural gas–weighted stocks that could run with US crude oil’s (USO) (USL) upside based on the correlations with US crude oil futures between January 17 and January 24, 2018, are:

  • Gulfport Energy Corporation (GPOR): 82.9%
  • EQT Corporation (EQT): 71.8%
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK): 66.3%
  • Antero Resources Corporation (AR): 58.6%
  • Range Resources Corporation (RRC): 41.7%

The Relationship between Natural Gas–Weighted Stocks and Oil

The same set of natural gas–weighted stocks had the highest correlations with natural gas prices among our list in Part 3. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) contains these energy stocks. These energy stocks operate with at least 60% production mixes in natural gas.

The natural gas–weighted stocks that could be less affected by oil’s upside based on the trailing week’s correlations with US crude oil futures are:

  • Cabot Oil & Gas (COG): 9.4%
  • WPX Energy (WPX): 0.4%

The same set of natural gas–weighted stocks also had the least or the most negative correlations with natural gas prices on our list.

Oil

Natural gas supplies are linked to US crude oil prices. The entire energy sector tends to track oil prices. As a result, most of these natural gas–weighted stocks also followed oil prices in the trailing week based on their correlations.