There are many advantages to taking a long-term view when investing, but perhaps the greatest of them is the ability to become a confident spectator when markets get caught up in short-term hysteria. The onset of an overdue correction in prices of crude oil this week, from more than $145 to less than $130 per barrel, has ushered in the predictable rush of headlines and commentaries about the end of the energy bull market. Surely all growth in Asia has halted and we’ve stopped using fossil fuels overnight ... or so the news would have us think.
While others may be busy shifting their entire investment strategies accordingly, Fools know to follow the money. For its 2008 second quarter, Lufkin Industries
Tracking backlogs among equipment manufacturers is a very effective way for Fools to follow the money within the commodity-centric sectors. Just as backlogs for mining equipment makers Bucyrus
Lufkin Industries may not pack the star power of much larger competitors like Schlumberger
With a 35% gain in shares of Lufkin Industries since his recommendation, CAPS players who paid attention could have garnered 51-percentage-point outperformance against the S&P 500. If you are searching for great ideas from some of the most talented individual investors out there, look no further than the Motley Fool CAPS community.
Fool contributor Christopher Barker captains yachts and writes about stocks. He can also be found blogging actively and acting Foolishly within the CAPS community under the username TMFSinchiruna. He owns no shares in the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.