For Pavel Molchanov, an energy analyst with Raymond James, the movements in energy stocks are an indicator for oil prices.
"Equities traditionally in energy have bottomed ahead of the commodity, just as they tend to peak ahead of the commodity," he said in an interview with "Street Signs."
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However, while some oil-related names such as Rowan, Hornbeck Offshore and Encana are up over the past five trading sessions, he doesn't think it means too much in predicting where commodity's price goes for the near term.
Longer-term, Molchanov expects oil will be higher a year from now. He also believes there will be some rotation into energy stocks, the worst performing sector in the S&P 500 for the past year, over the next 12 months.
"The dollar is going to be a major headwind for a number of the sectors in the S&P outside of energy and if you think about what are people going to be taking profits in and where could they be reinvestment, we think energy is going to see some of those benefits," he said.
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His top picks are Occidental Petroleum and InterOil, which he believes can withstand the prolonged downturn.
—CNBC's Jackie O'Sullivan contributed to this report.
Disclosure: It could not be immediately ascertained if Molchanov has positions in the stocks mentioned.