To support his case, D’Altorio notes that two Norwegian oil service companies have already acted on depressed prices. Acergy and Subsea 7 engaged in an estimated $5.4 billion merger, while Noble Corporation acquired FDR Holdings for $2.16 billion in cash.

It is of note that Subsea 7 owned an impressive $5.3 billion backlog when it merged with Acergy, and FDR Holdings had a $3.2 billion backlog when it was acquired. This goes to show that perhaps these companies have been, as D’Altorio thinks, overly sold-off.

If indeed the oil services sector has been overly sold-off, then investors should keep a close watch on related exchange-traded funds (ETFs). By using ETFs, investors should be able to mitigate some of the risk of holding onto speculative stocks, while participating modestly in a potential upswing. [Long-Short Oil ETFs.]

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Sumin Kim contributed to this article.