As oil prices rose for the fourth day in a row to $99 a barrel Thursday, “Fast Money” pros said integrated companies were the way to play the market.
“Everybody right now is so hungry for yields,” said trader Pete Najarian.
Light crude rose nearly 1 percent midday to $99.60, with Brent crude rising 57 cents to $108.28.
Strong oil stocks included such names as ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and BP.
“It’s not just a hideout,” he said. “I think you’ll get the performance. You’re seeing it today out of Exxon Mobil.”
Options trader J.J. Kinahan agreed.
“They’re solid companies, they pay solid dividends and that’s what people are going to be hungry for,” he said.
Trader Steve Grasso noted a couple of factors that could put pressure on oil stocks.
“If Keystone Pipeline gets done — and many people believe it will get done — it’s another thing that will be on the bear side when it comes to refiners,” he said.
Libya was another possible caveat. The country’s production is back up to producing of half the 1.6 million barrels per day it saw before Muammar Gaddafi was deposed.
“That could put a crunch on the integrated names,” Grasso said.
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