On Tuesday the energy trade landed on the radar after crude prices spiked above $102.
Military exercises in the Gulf by Iran and the movement of U.S. naval vessels in the area raised fears of a confrontation between Tehran and Washington that could cut off oil exports from the region.
If you have a short-term time horizon, esteemed commodities trader Mark Fisher suggests keeping a close eye on geo-political developments. “In the short term Iran will make lots of noise and oil will have a bid to it.”
He says as a pro he’ll be watching the spreads in the contracts between the front and back end and whether the oil market is in backwardation or contango. “That will be an early indication of a serious flare up.”
If you have a longer time horizon, the pros largely expect the saber rattling in Iran to settle down. If and when they happens top trader Dan Dicker expects to see another theme emerge - rotation into higher beta.
“I expect to see a shift out of big dividend payers and intobeta. Across commodities high beta names are going up big,” he says.
“That’s the trend for 2012, he adds, "out of safe dividend stocks and into E&P names such as Anadarko , Apache and Hess . Play those stocks as oil goes higher,” he says.
Trader Joe Terranova agrees with the theme. Additional names in this space that he likes include Suncor and Occidental .
Although trader Mark Fisher doesn’t like to name a lot of his stocks, he did tell us his favorite name in the space was Kinder Morgan. "The pipes the carry nat gas and oil are the way to play it," he says.
And Fisher also said the name he likes least is Petrobras. If you're looking at a pairs trade he suggests any name above against PBR.
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