MarketWatch: “Here’s why oil prices are another worry for stock-market investors”

Excerpt from MarketWatch’s latest article quoting DataTrek Research:

Not all analysts see a risk from oil at current prices. Currently, the U.S. benchmark is trading around $72 per barrel. Nicholas Colas, co-founder of DataTrek Research, said that $100 a barrel — or almost 40% above current prices — was “the start of the warning track.”

“Our baseline assumption is that oil prices need to double in a year or less before they trigger a recession,” he wrote.

While more expensive oil could become an increasingly strong headwind, Colas noted that it would be positive for the energy sector XLE, an industry that has gained about 4.2% thus far in 2018, in line with the S&P 500.

“If energy stocks are ever going to work, now is the time,” he wrote, recommending that investors overweight their positions in the sector in the fourth quarter”….

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