Energy Sector ETFs Rally as Wall Street Ups Crude Oil Outlook | ETF Trends

Energy-related exchange traded funds strengthened Tuesday as crude oil prices begin to dance around $120, again.

Among the better performing non-leveraged ETFs of Tuesday, the iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (Cboe: IEO) increased 3.4%, Invesco Dynamic Energy Exploration & Production Portfolio (NYSEArca: PXE) advanced 3.9%, and the SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exploration and Production ETF (XOP) gained 3.8%.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures topped $120 per barrel on Tuesday, with the market focusing on bullish fundamentals, Bloomberg reported.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. even upwardly revised quarterly price estimates to $140 per barrel between July and September, projecting that crude has more room to go before hitting the demand destruction required for a market re-balancing. The bank argued that summer retail gas prices will need to spike to levels normally associated with $160 oil in order to curtail demand, CNN reported.

“A large spike in prices remains quite possible this summer,” Goldman Sachs strategists said in a report to clients.

“We believe oil prices need to rally further to normalize the unsustainably low levels of global oil inventories, as well as OPEC and refining spare capacities,” Goldman Sachs strategists added.

Morgan Stanley also added that it sees the potential for a bull case estimate of $150 a barrel in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley analysts Martijn Rats and Amy Sergeant warned that oil market will likely go in to a deficit of 500,000 barrels per day in the second half of the year.

“The true fundamentals in crude, gasoline and diesel remain bullish, although prices have risen a bit too far too fast,” Dennis Kissler, senior vice president of trading at BOK Financial, told Bloomberg, adding that while Energy Information Administration revised down their forecasts for gasoline consumption, if inventories remain so far below the 5-year average, it’s extremely bullish.

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