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More top-performing CAPS members are jumping on the United States Oil Fund
This exchange-traded fund invests in oil futures and oil-related contracts, seeking to approximately match the price performance of West Texas Intermediate light sweet crude. In the first half of 2008, the fund was creating huge returns for investors as oil prices skyrocketed, but demand has plummeted since then.
The huge slide in oil prices this year has caused greatly reduced share prices for U.S. Oil. Ditto that for virtually every other energy-related stock, including Halliburton
But with producers such as EnCana
- One Fool saw the impending oil bust.
- And another Fool saw the writing on the wall.
- But not everyone wins if oil bounces.
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