The Daily Brief | April 6, 2022

$200 Oil… Seriously?

If you thought $4 at the gas tank was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Some of the world’s top oil traders say we could see $200+ oil by year-end, with Russia sanctions, and a lack of alternative sources.

“Wakey, wakey. We are not going back to normal business in a few months,” said hedge fund manager Pierre Andurand, as quoted by the Financial Times. “I think we’re losing the Russian supply on the European side forever.” Crude could even hit $250 a barrel this year, double current levels, he added.

Last checked, oil was up $1.06 to $103 ahead of sanctions on Russia. “The United States and its allies on Wednesday prepared new sanctions on Moscow over civilian killings in northern Ukraine, which President Volodymyr Zelenskiy described as ‘war crimes,’” reports Reuters.

So, how can we potentially profit from all of this?

One way is to jump into oil heavyweights. Another way is to jump into oil related ETFs that we’ve been talking about since the start of the year. Those include:

SPDR Energy Select Sector ETF (XLE)

Since 2022 began, the XLE ETF ran from a low of about $54 to $76. We’d like to see it closer to $80, near-term. The XLE ETF provides exposure to companies in the oil, gas and consumable fuel, energy equipment and services industries, as noted by State Street SPDR. Not only does an ETF allow for diversification, you can buy it for less.

Invesco DB Oil Fund (DBO)

Since January, DBO ran from a low of about $12.50 to $17. We’d like to see it closer to $19.
This ETF seeks to track changes, whether positive or negative, in the level of the DBIQ Optimum Yield Crude Oil Index Excess Return plus the interest income from the Fund’s holdings of primarily US Treasury securities and money market income less the Fund’s expenses.

iShares Global Energy ETF (IXC)

Also offering good exposure is the IXC ETF, which ran from $27 to $36 so far this year. The iShares Global Energy ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of global equities in the energy sector. Trading at $27, some of its top holdings include Exxon Mobil, Chevron Corporation, BP PLC, Total SA, and EOG Resources.


  • The Dow is 256 points to 34,294
  • The S&P 500 is down 45 points to 4,474.50
  • The NASDAQ is down about 245 points to 14,587.75
  • Gold prices are down slightly to $1,920.11
  • Bitcoin is down 4% to $44,797.63
  • Oil prices are up $1.06 to $103
  • The VIX is 4.75 points to 23.32

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