“Energy Stocks Surge Ahead as Market Frontrunners”

Oil prices have peaked for the year, reigniting interest in oil-and-gas company shares.

This quarter saw the energy sector leading the S&P 500’s 11 segments, with an impressive 12% gain, compared to the benchmark index’s slight 0.2% rise. Notably, Halliburton (HAL) shares surged by 25%, Marathon Petroleum (MPC) increased by 33%, and ConocoPhillips (COP) shares escalated by 18% within this timeframe.

Such advances starkly differ from earlier trends this year when the sector dipped nearly 13% up to mid-March. This slump was attributed to fears of a decelerating global economy and dwindling energy demand impacting oil prices. However, significant production reductions by top crude exporters and optimism regarding the U.S. economy avoiding a recession have driven oil prices to touch $90 a barrel – the peak for the year, which in turn, has uplifted energy stocks.

Bill Fitzpatrick, Managing Director at Logan Capital, commented, “Due to a lack of spare capacity to cater to the rising demand, we anticipate oil prices to remain high for a prolonged period.” Fitzpatrick’s firm has been actively investing in energy shares this year, now comprising 11% of their international stocks portfolio.

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