Oil Prices Go to Infinity and Beyond, and ETFs Follow Behind Them

Peakoilmyth121005oil Skyrocketing oil prices might hurt the pocketbook, but they could certainly be a boon for exchange traded funds (ETFs). The price of oil is tip-toeing around $100 a barrel, and shares of some oil companies are rising right alongside it.

The milestone might be staved off for now, since the government reported that supplies at a terminal in the Midwest rose for the first time in weeks, says John Wilen of the Associated Press. Other inventories have fallen, though, so there could be some back-and-forth in the coming days.

ETFs are reaping the benefits of the high costs of oil. The Energy Select SPDR (XLE) is up 28.7% year-to-date and if prices continue to go through the roof, XLE could get a boost.  Other energy ETFs include:

  • United States Oil (USO), up 21.2% year-to-date
  • PowerShares DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC), up 14.4% year-to-date
  • iShares S&P GSCI Commodity Index Trust (GSG), up 17.7% year-to-date

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