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The law of averages says stocks will eventually find their "fair value." But in the short term, you can find stocks trading far above or below their fair value.
And when perception and reality say different things, we can find opportunities. That's especially true when it comes to options trades.
Sometimes it's news from the company, like earnings, that jolts investors to buy or sell. Or it could be an economic report showing strength or weakness in a sector. Investors can easily get a bit too excited either way, and the stock price moves a lot more than it "should."
Right now, Money Morning Technical Trading Specialist D.R. Barton, Jr., sees a big opportunity in a stock that rallied on hope but just does not have the financial juice behind it to sustain its price gains.
We'll show you exactly what's happening and how you can use a specific options trade to cash in on the market's overreaction…
Riding the Energy Wave
There is an old saying on Wall Street that a rising tide raises all boats. That means good news in the market tends to lift all stocks higher. After all, that's what a bull market is all about.
But that bit of conventional wisdom is not quite true. A rising tide might lift all boats, but not all will stay afloat. Just like in the real world, not every boat is seaworthy. In other words, not every company is strong enough to keep rallying once the initial surge for the market – or the sector – is over.
The energy sector was one of last year's worst performers. However, late in the fourth quarter, oil prices topped $60 per barrel. Predictably, energy stocks rallied, too.
And then came the U.S. airstrike on Jan. 3, which killed top Iranian general, Qassim Soleimani, sending oil prices spiking 4% higher. This rising tide sent energy stocks to their highest levels since September. Some energy sectors, like oil services, actually outperformed the S&P 500 in December.
While the rising tide lifted energy stocks, not all of them earned the boost.
And reality is going to come knocking for one shale oil producer.
The U.S. shale oil industry revolutionized the crude oil market. And it was a major – if somewhat behind-the-scenes – driver of the recovery in the U.S. economy since 2009. Today, two-thirds of U.S. oil production comes from shale.
But as D.R. put it, the story of U.S. shale oil emergence is littered with haves and have-nots.
The reality gap is happening between what you're being told about U.S. fracking and what's really happening on the ground. In fact, some companies could be in big trouble because of the way they raised money to finance their wells.
And that's how we can make big money going against prevailing wisdom and the excitement surrounding shale oil.