It hasn’t been a good year for energy stocks. Actually, it hasn’t even been a good decade.
The S&P 500 is up 65 percent in the last 10 years, while, the S&P energy sector is up just 24 percent. And as a Friday oil slide put further pressure on energy stocks, four specific names actually hit their lowest levels in at least 10 years.
Several of these names have been beset by specific problems.
Electric utility company NRG Energy saw its CEO resign on Thursday, a move that was apparently not welcomed by investors, as the stock dropped 18 percent.
Still, a change at the top is far from the only problem for the company, which has made unsuccessful investments in renewable energy and has watched sliding natural gas prices take a big slice out of its revenues.
For exploration and production companies Cheseapeake Energy and Southwestern Energy, the hit from the oil and natural gas plunge has been more head-on. Exploration and production stocks are traditionally seen as the most levered to the price of the commodities they deal in.
At this point, there appears no reason to buy these demolished stocks, argues value investing blogger Eddy Elfenbein.
“With these commodities stocks, you’re really riding the commodities tiger. A lot of these stocks zoomed last decade, and as long as energy’s going to be going, they will ride that, and they will go lower and lower and lower,” Elfenbein said Friday on CNBC’s “Trading Nation.” “I don’t think there’s any values here right now.”
When Evercore ISI technical analyst Rich Ross looks at these four stocks’ charts, he sees “the proverbial falling knife.”
“As a technician, we’re paid to react when we see signs of a reversal,” he said. “We wait for signs of a bottom, we don’t try to anticipate that bottom.” Ross sees no signs of such a bottom just yet.