Friday, April 23, 2010

Midday Briefing for April 24th: Firm Energy Shares

Energy is an important market sector, as it reflects not only demand for energy-related companies, but also for energy as a commodity. If traders and investors are expecting global growth, that should show up in terms of greater industrial activity and increased demand for oil and other fuels.

Note the upside breakout among energy stocks (XLE; above) today, reflecting firmness in crude oil prices. Should we get runaway growth in the current low interest rate environment, one would expect that to eventually show up in the prices of raw materials and energy--and the companies in those sectors.