Crude Plunge Presents Big Opportunity, but Not in Oil Market: Pros

If you’re a trader chances are you’re keeping a close eye on the oil markets looking for opportunity amid a pronounced sell-off.

Prices have plunged about 8% in less than a week, with the catalysts behind the decline varied and somewhat uncertain.

Earlier in the week, speculation was swirling that the Obama administration planned to release oil from the SPR but so far that hasn’t happened. Nonetheless, the market rumor may have been enough to spook some energy bulls.

Also, an article in the FT said Saudi Arabia intended to boost production and increase supply for its biggest customers including the United States. By some estimates Saudi Arabia could generate 10 million barrels a day, a 30-year high. That too is bearish.

In addition, technicals have turned south.

On Wednesday, Brent crude slipped below the 50- and 200-day moving-averages, while WTI dropped below its 50-day moving average of $93.08.

Considering the sharp move in oil, how can you profit?

If you’re looking to play the spot price, top energy trader Joe Terranova thinks you’ve got the trade all wrong.

“Crude is notorious for disappointing,” says Terranova, chief market strategist for Virtus. "It gets into a pattern where it disappoints both the bulls and the bears. That's where I think it is right now."

Terranova goes on to explain that there are both positive and negative catalysts in the market. “I think the IEA release could limit upside while the turmoil in the Mideast limits the downside.”

Instead, Terranova as well as trader Guy Adami both say the trade is long refiners. “That's who will benefit from the increase in inventories.”

And if you’re looking for a single stock – both are bullish on Valero . “If it holds $30 to $30.50 I see upside to 35 or 36,” says Adami, managing director of

Posted by CNBC's Lee Brodie

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