WASHINGTON, December 3, 2014 – Just when investors in major oil stocks thought it was safe to come out of their bunkers, the Saudis casually fragged them again just after lunch, EST. Our best buddies in the Middle East just sort of, kind of dropped a hint they could live with $60 bbl. crude oil prices.
That was enough to stem Wednesday morning’s modest follow-on to yesterday’s recovering oil prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the U.S. benchmark, is up barely thirty cents as we write this around 2:30 p.m., having rolled off a modestly higher opening price that had major oil stocks rallying strongly. Oils are still up, but weakening as the afternoon wears on.
So goes the opening round of 2014’s alleged Santa Claus Rally. Generally, these affairs, which happen more often than not, usually stumble out the gate before picking up steam as the holidays approach. So the market’s current reverse oil shock wobbling likely won’t persist much longer if 2014 holds to the usual program. But the action is still decidedly wimpy and doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, particularly as Washington continues to fumble everything it touches.
With oil zig-zagging, the Islamofascists out of control over at least a quarter of the globe, and with U.S. business, tax, and government policies washing around in a lame-duck Congress frustrated by its lack of progress in negotiations with the White House, the country is not currently in the best of hands. And perhaps markets are sensing this as well
In any event, in the midst of all this uncertainty, we’re going to cut things off right here, utterly unable to establish a clear trend, making this no time for major new commitments to stocks.
However, coming up fairly soon, we will offer some “year-end bounce-back” stock suggestions in an upcoming column, hoping to offer some quick-profit opportunities on stocks getting unfairly beat up this month for tax-loss purposes. We’ll explain the strategy to newcomers as well. So stay tuned.
Meanwhile, we all have other things to do with what’s left of the day, so have a good afternoon and we’ll be back tomorrow.
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