We are closing out the week with some bullish views on one particular corner of the stock market, looking at why some top analysts on Wall Street say energy stocks have room to run even after a blistering rally.
Let’s get into it.
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1. Energy stocks have soared — but there’s still more upside ahead. That’s according to Bank of America analysts, who said valuations are still attractive even after the sector has seen a 38% rally year-to-date.
The researchers describe energy as the “pain trade,” which refers to a directional bet that most investors have taken that ends up going the other way. In this case, investors betting that the energy rally has run out of steam are wrong, and there are more gains coming.
There are a few reasons why Bank of America is still bullish on energy through the rest of 2022:
The Ukraine war has made policy makers recognize the importance of domestic energy production and energy security.
The allocation of energy in the S&P 500 has doubled since 2020, and could rise further.
Cash yield will rise, and energy companies are expected to generate inflation-proof free cash flow yield of 15% this year.
And Bank of America isn’t alone in its bullishness. JPMorgan said commodities could see another 40% upside as investors remain under-allocated in the space.
“It is conceivable to see longer-term commodity allocations eventually rising above 1% of total financial assets globally, surpassing the previous highs seen during 2008 or 2011,” JPMorgan said.
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