Has all the bad news already been priced into oil? Is there reasonable chance of a rebound in oil stocks in the near future? According to CNBC, it's possible:
"Oil prices languished near three-week lows on Tuesday, as worries about Europe's debt crisis fueled fears about the demand outlook for oil. But one analyst believes oil prices are headed higher, with markets already pricing in the worst case for the global economy."
Although it is best to "never say never," there doesn't appear to be much more bad news that can be priced in. The global financial crisis, European debt, and unrest in Libya have all been accounted for. And after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, some predict that Libya will be producing at prewar levels within 15 months.
John Licata, chief commodity strategist at U.S.-based research consultancy Blue Phoenix, reported to CNBC, "We've been talking about Greece defaulting for so long, I feel like this is just another opportunity to knock the price of crude oil down, and I think that right now, if anything, any dip should be bought."
Assuming Licata is right and the point of capitulation is under way, we were wondering: Which oil stocks are expected to see a significant rebound over the coming weeks?
For ideas, we collected short-seller data and identified a list of oil stocks that have seen a significant decrease in shares shorted over the past month.
In other words, short sellers seem to think the upside potential of these stocks outweigh the downsides. That's why they are closing their short positions, i.e. scaling back on bearish bets.
Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis. (Get access to free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
1. Ultra Petroleum
2. Comstock Resources
3. Lone Pine Resources Common
4. GMX Resources
5. CAMAC Energy
Interactive chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the past two years for the stocks mentioned here. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.
Disclosure: Kapitall's Becca Lipman and Eben Esterhuizen does not own any of the shares mentioned above. Data sourced from Yahoo! Finance.