SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Explore & Prod. (ETF)

  • The Great ETF Swindle

    By Rupert Hargreaves - December 12, 2012 | Tickers: IEZ, HDV, SSO, GLD, XOP, USO

    "Don’t invest in something you don’t understand".

    A motto I usually stand by, as a result I will not touch ETFs or Leveraged ETFs.

    Exchange traded funds, or ETFs, originated in the late 1980s and popularity grew quickly as they provided a cheaper way for investors to invest in a basket of stocks, without the high management charges of mutual funds or hedge funds. They also allow smaller more »

  • Energy ETFs are Limited by International Exposure

    By Joshua Bondy - October 11, 2012 | Tickers: XLE, IYE, IEZ, KOL, XOP

    Adding international exposure to a portfolio is commonly cited as a way to reduce risk and volatility. In the modern interconnected economy international exposure can easily expose investors to hidden risks. Given the localized nature of some markets a given investment thesis may be relevant for the U.S. market, but not for the international market. Rising natural gas and coal prices in America will be very beneficial for U more »

  • Oil & Gas Exploration; Three ETFs Focused on this Risky Enterprise

    By Jeff Stouffer - September 17, 2012 | Tickers: IEO, PXE, XOP

    According to a client of mine that works in this industry, “punching a hole in the ground and expecting to find oil is akin to speculation.” Oil & Gas exploration relies on technology and tools to find expected sources of energy and only when it is uncovered will the explorer be able to make the second estimate; how large the source of energy is. In essence the holes that pay are more »

  • Is the Market too Worried About Transocean?

    By Matthew DiLallo - April 1, 2012 | Tickers: BP, BRS, ESV, NE, SDRL, XOP, RIG

    I’ve been drilling deeper into the oil and gas services industry as I am looking to add some indirect oil exposure to my portfolio. I took a flyby of the Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) but decided that their share price is flying a bit higher than I’d like to pay.  From there I drilled deeper into deep sea driller SeaDrill (NYSE: SDRL) and came away impressed by their more »

  • Going Under the Sea for Profits

    By Matthew DiLallo - April 1, 2012 | Tickers: BP, DO, IEZ, SDRL, XOP, RIG

    While I am a big believer in natural gas and think it has a bright future here in America, it will take years to make the switch to natural gas as a transportation fuel, if that ever happens.  No matter what, I don’t foresee a future without oil in my lifetime.  As we’ve used up more and more of the easy to access oil, the industry needs to more »

  • Crude Oil is Going to $500 a Barrel (Part 2)

    By Paul Franke - March 21, 2012 | Tickers: ATPAQ.PK, COP, DVN, HES, XOP

    Today crude oil and related oil producing assets are substantially “undervalued” and misunderstood by Wall Street analysts and main street investors.  With seemingly high prices for crude oil and refined products like gasoline, widespread disbelief exists that oil can climb yet higher.  On the contrary, the sheer size of record money printing by the U.S. Federal Reserve and a lack of understanding of the Peak Oil problem presently give petroleum quotes a solid foundation to rise markedly in 2012-13.

  • Choosing the Best Oil ETFs

    By Andrés Cardenal - January 19, 2012 | Tickers: XLE, IEZ, XOP, UCO, USO

    There are several reasons to consider some exposure to rising oil prices. The political and military tensions with Iran could get really bad sooner or later, and there are other countries in energy-producing regions that could be involved in more internal or external conflicts. The international scenario is extremely uncertain these days.

    Supply and demand factors could also be bullish for oil in the middle term: growing demand from China more »