XOP - SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF

NYSEArca - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
23.44
+0.19 (+0.82%)
At close: 3:59PM EDT
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Previous Close23.25
Open23.45
Bid23.42 x 42300
Ask23.49 x 1300
Day's Range23.13 - 23.85
52 Week Range20.45 - 44.81
Volume26,848,750
Avg. Volume26,575,517
Net Assets1.73B
NAV23.46
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
Yield1.36%
YTD Return-11.08%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.67
Expense Ratio (net)0.35%
Inception Date2006-06-19
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I'd like to get it closer to $115 per share before considering it from the long side. This is especially true for the traders but it also makes for a better starting point, even for those looking for an investment.The fundamentals on CVX stock are stable, just like XOM, but there is no urgent need to start long now and suffer loss of capital soon after opening the position. This is where the investors would do good to wear their traders' hats and wait for a clear breakout before starting a long position.CVX has been setting slightly lower highs since January of 2018. The current range between that high and the December lows has tightened into a point. So a move is likely coming, but we don't yet know its direction.So traders should wait for the clues from the chart. This is where fundamentals need the help of technicals. They provide unbiased opinions to help with the allocation of risk based on actual developments, not conjecture.If CVX stock closes above $126.20, then it would invite momentum buyers at $127.40 per share. They like to chase trend line breakouts. The idea is to buy high and sell higher. Should that happen, there will be resistance around $132 per share. While this would be a good opportunity for the traders among us, investors who intend on holding the shares a long time can also use the breakout to enjoy a good start to the position. * 10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Bargains Conversely, if Chevron stock falls below $123, it could target $120.50 where it's likely to find footing. Even if that happens, it wouldn't change the fundamental setup for the stock. This would merely be the 50% retracement of the recent rally from $114 in May. SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP)Source: Shutterstock Unlike CVX or XOM, the SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEARCA:XOP) is not a company stock, but rather an exchange-traded fund that mimics owning the major exploration companies like Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:FANG) and Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD).The prices for these stocks are definitely sensitive to the movement of the commodities they explore, so the XOP tracks the energy prices pretty tightly.The intrinsic value of the XOP's components don't hold up as well as XOM or CVX when oil prices fall. Case in point, the price of XOP is at least 60% off its all-time highs. And the trend is not stable either, as it has been in a descending channel of lower highs and lower lows for about five years.I usually don't like to buy down-trending tickers like this and hope for a turnaround. It is better to wait for the bottom to form. 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