After registering the best month ever, the energy sector continued its bullish trend as oil price rose on vaccine optimism. The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines soon after the encouraging trial results from Moderna (
MRNA Quick Quote MRNA - Free Report) , Pfizer ( PFE Quick Quote PFE - Free Report) and AstraZeneca ( AZN Quick Quote AZN - Free Report) has raised the expectation of a faster-than-expected recovery in energy demand. Britain began Pfizer’s vaccinations this week while Canada plans to roll out vaccination next week after being approved. The Food and Drug Administration also authorized Pfizer's vaccine for emergency use in people aged 16 and older. Additionally, reports showing Chinese demand exceeding pre-COVID levels and an uptick in Chinese refinery runs also led to a spike in oil price. A weak dollar has been supporting oil price as it makes the dollar-denominated commodity less expensive for foreign buyers. The rally came despite the reports showing a sharp rise of 15.2 million barrel in U.S. crude inventories — the largest weekly increase since April — for the last week. In fact, Brent oil surged to above $50 per barrel for the first time since early March (read: Should You Buy Oil & Gas ETFs Now?). Further, the OPEC and its allies reached a fresh deal to curb oil output in January. Though the cartel will curb about 7.2 million barrels per day next month, it is lower than the current 7.7 million barrel per day cuts. Apart from these, the energy market has been benefiting from the positive roll yield in the futures market. This is because the oil market is currently in a state of backwardation, where later-dated contracts are cheaper than near-term contracts, for months. Per CME Group data, Brent futures for March delivery were trading about 13 cents below February contracts. This signals that the oil market is tightening and demand is robust, paving the way for an oil rally. This trend is likely to persist at least in the near term, acting as the biggest catalyst for the commodity. Given this, we have highlighted five energy ETFs that have been at the forefront over the past month. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF ( XES Quick Quote XES - Free Report) This fund tracks the S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services Select Industry Index, which measures the performance of the companies engaged in the oil and gas equipment and services industry. Zacks Rank: #5 (Strong Sell) AUM: $117.3 million Expense Ratio: 0.35% 4-Week Return: 46.9% VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF ( OIH Quick Quote OIH - Free Report) This fund tracks the MVIS U.S. Listed Oil Services 25 Index, which offers exposure to companies involved in oil services to the upstream oil sector, including oil equipment, oil services or oil drilling (read: 5 ETFs at the Forefront of the Latest Market Rally). Zacks Rank: #4 (Sell) AUM: $662.2 million Expense Ratio: 0.35% 4-Week Return: 46.1% iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF ( IEZ Quick Quote IEZ - Free Report) This ETF offers exposure to U.S. companies that provide equipment and services for oil exploration and extraction by tracking the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services Index. Zacks Rank: #5 AUM: $65.8 million Expense Ratio: 0.42% 4-Week Return: 44.3% First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index Fund ( FCG Quick Quote FCG - Free Report) This fund offers exposure to U.S. stocks that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the exploration and production of natural gas. It follows the ISE-Revere Natural Gas Index. Zacks Rank: #3 (Hold) AUM: $109.5 million Expense Ratio: 0.60% 4-Week Return: 43.6% Invesco Dynamic Oil & Gas Services ETF ( PXJ Quick Quote PXJ - Free Report) This product follows the Dynamic Oil Services Intellidex Index, which offers exposure to companies that are engaged in the drilling of oil and gas wells; manufacturing oil and gas field machinery and equipment; or providing services to the oil and gas industry, such as well analysis, platform and pipeline engineering and construction, logistics and transportation services, oil and gas well emergency management and geophysical data acquisition and processing (read: Energy on Track for Its Best Month Ever: 5 ETF, Stock Winners). Zacks Rank: #5 AUM: $8.3 million Expense Ratio: 0.63% 4-Week Return: 41% Want key ETF info delivered straight to your inbox?
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