Gasoline prices are soaring -- but one "Morning Call" guest says the best revenge is investing well. Rob Cox, U.S. editor of Breaking Views, joined CNBC's Mark Haines to talk about "the middle squeeze" at the pump -- and how to play it.
Cox named integrated oil companies that are "screaming buys." His top pick is Valero--up 49% so far this year--he said it's "still looking cheap" at nine times earnings. He pointed to BP and Royal Dutch as cheaper bargains than most integrated U.S. producers. The editor also praised them for the "downstream aspect": both oil companies also "sell at the pump."
Cox took on fears that gasoline prices will hit consumer spending: He agreed that the "middle squeeze" would hurt Target and Federated Department Stores more than posh retailers like Nordstrom or Tiffany -- but he said he'd go downmarket, not up, and invest in no-frills discounter Big Lots.