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10 Best Fuel Stocks To Buy Now

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In this article, we discuss the 10 best fuel stocks to buy now. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of these stocks, go directly to the 5 Best Fuel Stocks To Buy Now.

Oil stocks have consistently underperformed the benchmark S&P 500 in the past two years, due in large part to the coronavirus pandemic but also because of muted business investment in the sector that has led to massive layoffs. However, in the past few months, as oil prices climb above $80 per barrel for the first time in years and a winter season with strong demand for fuel approaches, a group of oil exporting countries has not increased production to match targets, mostly because of concerns around the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

According to a report by Deloitte, a professional services firm, oil demand has rebounded sharply in the latter half of this year after falling by 25% in April. However, despite the recovery, it is not expected to reach pre-COVID levels, instead hovering 4% beneath them through the coming months. The increase in oil prices looks set to boost oil stocks through this period and most analysts expect the industry to beat market estimates on earnings in the coming months if prices remain at their current levels for the rest of the year.

Investors who want to ride this boom in the fuel industry should check out some of the biggest companies in the area. Some of the top fuel stocks to buy now include Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), among others discussed in detail below.

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Our Methodology

With this context in mind, here is our list of the 10 best fuel stocks to buy now. These were picked based on their basic business fundamentals, hedge fund sentiment, and analyst ratings.

The hedge fund sentiment around each stock was gauged using the data of 873 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey.

Why pay attention to hedge fund holdings? Insider Monkey’s research was able to identify in advance a select group of hedge fund holdings that outperformed the S&P 500 ETFs by more than 86 percentage points since March 2017. Between March 2017 and July 2021 our monthly newsletter’s stock picks returned 186.1%, vs. 100.1% for the SPY. Our stock picks outperformed the market by more than 86 percentage points (see the details here). That’s why we believe hedge fund sentiment is an extremely useful indicator that investors should pay attention to. You can subscribe to our free newsletter on our homepage to receive our stories in your inbox.

Best Fuel Stocks To Buy Now

10. Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 17

Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) features on our list of the best fuel stocks to buy now as the company has benefited from the record increase in LNG price in the past few months. In October, the company announced that it expected to realize $62 million in net income from oil derivatives for the full year. The announcement came as the prices of crude touched multi-year highs of $83/bbl. The company also priced a $300 million bond issue that month.

In earnings results for the second quarter, posted in August, Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) reported a revenue of more than $104 million over the period, up 2% year-on-year and beating estimates by $0.47 million.

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, 17 hedge funds in the database of Insider Monkey held stakes worth $360 million in Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG).

Just like Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) is one of the stocks on the radar of elite investors.

9. Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 25

BMO Capital, RBC Capital, and Scotiabank all recently raised the price target on Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) stock. Scotiabank analyst Orest Wowkodaw has an Outperform rating on the shares with a target of C$38. The company markets uranium, an increasingly important source of nuclear fuel used to produce electricity around the world. In September, uranium prices had hit nine-year highs as Sprott Physical Uranium Trust resumed purchases.

In late September, Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) had announced that it had partnered with three companies in Canada to evaluate a uranium supply chain that would be used to supply reactors in Poland over the next few years.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Florida-based investment firm Kopernik Global Investors is a leading shareholder in Cameco Corporation (NYSE:CCJ) with 9 million shares worth more than $175 million.

8. Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 26

Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) makes and distributes ethanol. The company is one of the top biofuel stocks on the market. Biofuel stocks have pulled back in recent weeks on the back of reports that the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States is proposing cuts to blending requirements in 2021 on the request of oil giants that had argued for the cuts after bottoming out during the virus crisis in 2020.

However, Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) and other companies are lobbying President Biden not to sign the proposal. Biden had previously approved $1 billion in biofuel infrastructure investments as part of a massive influx of spending into clean energy.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm Rubric Capital Management is a leading shareholder in Green Plains Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE) with 1.3 million shares worth more than $44 million.

7. Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 34

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) markets hydrogen fuel cell solutions. The stock has been rallying as a global climate conference kicks off in Glasgow and world leaders pledge to increase investments in clean energy and scale back on fossil fuels. Piper Sandler, Truist, and BMO Capital have all raised price targets on the stock recently. Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin also recently reiterated a Buy rating on the stock with a price target of $45.

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) stock has also soared on the back of a partnership the company has signed with Airbus to explore the use of green hydrogen in future aircrafts and airports around the world.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, New York-based investment firm DE Shaw is a leading shareholder in Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) with 14 million shares worth more than $507 million.

In its Q2 2020 investor letter, Massif Capital, an asset management firm, highlighted a few stocks and Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) was one of them. Here is what the fund said:

“We also closed our short position in Plug Power this quarter as the market was subsumed with enthusiasm over their recent acquisitions, resulting in an almost 80% rally in the stock over ten trading days. Our decision to exit was painful at the time as we were forced to reconcile with a collective exuberance that was (and is, in our opinion) not grounded reality. In hindsight, it was the correct decision as we avoided most of its recent vertical trajectory.”

6. Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 45

After two major acquisitions in the first part of the year that cost over $10 billion, Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) has stepped up efforts in recent months to streamline business and reduce debt. As part of the plan, the company has put up some assets in the Texas Delaware Basin up for sale, hoping to raise $2 billion. It has also benefited from the rise in crude oil prices which topped $80 per barrel for the first time in seven years last month.

Mizuho analyst Vincent Lovaglio recently raised the price target on Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) stock to $263 from $231, keeping a Buy rating and noting that the energy sector was poised to outperform the broader market in the coming months.

Among the hedge funds being tracked by Insider Monkey, Wyoming-based investment firm Adage Capital Management is a leading shareholder in Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) with 1.2 million shares worth more than $206 million.

Alongside Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (NYSE:PXD) is one of the stocks that hedge funds are buying.

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