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35 years ago, oil was selling for around $30 a barrel. In July 2008, it hit an all-time high of $147.27 – and since then, it’s been in a 12-year, albeit choppy, downtrend.
In April 2020, it hit an all-time low and even traded negative for a day.
Today, the commodity sits at $42 a barrel.
So much has happened this year that the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia that caused the 65% quarterly fall in prices seems to have been mostly forgotten about.
As top oil companies search for alternative ways to make money, the answer is clear: renewable resources.”
The world’s seventh largest oil company, BP PLC (NYSE: BP), with a $78 billion market cap, recently announced that it will pump the brakes on oil and gas production and pour billions of dollars into clean energy.
It seems that BP sees “the writing on the wall.” Just ask the company’s chairman, Helge Lund. He expects that the demand for fossil fuels will fall by 75% over the next 30 years, and he’s not going to let BP get left behind.
With fossil fuels headed down, globally, we are seeing an increase the demand for renewable energy. In the U.S. alone in 2018, 11% of energy consumption was renewable. This is expected to grow by a whopping 24% in the next ten years.
Climate change is causing people to look at cleaner energy options, and big oil companies are feeling the heat.
Gas giant Saudi Aramco used to be the largest company in the world. Now, it has fallen behind Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). The stock price has dropped over 6% this year with plummeting oil prices.
So, is it time to dump oil stocks?
Not completely. We can still profit on energy – we just need to shift our thinking.
Here are six opportunities to profit on renewable energy…
The Writing is on the Wall – It’s Time to Invest in Renewable Energy
Oil is deeply ingrained in our livelihood, so we’re not getting rid of it completely any time soon. That said, it’s undeniable that money is being pumped into renewable energy – like wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro.
In the chart below, you can see the trajectory that crude oil has been on for the past 10 years.
And while crude oil and other fossil fuels are on the decline, many renewable energy companies are rising with velocity and setting all-time highs.
The following chart of the Invesco Solar ETF (NYSE: TAN), the ETF that tracks solar energy companies, says it all:
TAN has been in a strong uptrend since bottoming in March. There are many renewable companies with the same pattern.
Now, there are two ways that you can profit on these energy stocks. The first is by looking at the energy company’s stock outright.
Here are three that have recently set all-time or multi-year highs. They’re the ones leading the pack…
- NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE)
With a $136 billion market cap, NEE owns Florida Power and Light, which is a massive company that has over 4.9 million accounts, and has reduced its power generation costs by 50% by adopting natural gas. It plans to increase its solar power generation capabilities by 2028.
- Vestas Wind Systems (OTC: VWDRY)
VWDRY is a global manufacturer and installer of wind turbines. A $28.59 billion company, the stock just gapped up to an all-time high on Aug 11, 2020.
- Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI)
At a $1.2 billion market cap, REGI develops and distributes biofuels, renewable chemicals, and related products. It just set an all-time high and with a price-to-earnings ratio, which determines if a company is over or under valued, of 3, this is a great value play!
The second way to profit on these renewable energy companies is by investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF). ETFs offer diversification across numerous companies in the space and are considered less risky than picking specific stocks.
Here are three current leading renewable energy ETFs by market cap:
- Invesco Solar ETF (NYSE: TAN)
With a $3 billion market cap, TAN is one of the largest ETFs in this space. It tracks two dozen global solar energy companies, including First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLSR) and SolarEdge Technologies (NASDAQ: SEDG). It just this week set an all-time high at $40.14 and appears destined for more upside.
- iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (NASDAQ: ICLN)
This $5 billion company provides a diverse exposure to companies in the biofuels, ethanol, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, and wind industries. Its holdings include FSLR and SEDG, mentioned above, as well as Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) and Plug Power (NASDAQ: PLUG).
- Invesco Wilderhill Clean Energy ETF (NYSE: PBW)
At a $9.76 billion market cap, PBW just hit an all-time high of $53.62. This ETF is on fire and tracks stocks that operate in the clean energy or energy conservation spaces. Its top holdings include Vivint Solar (NASDAQ: VSLR), Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN), and Nio Inc. (NYSE: NIO).
Now, you can profit on these stocks and ETFs by buying them outright, but that can be an expensive investment for a low rate of return.
The best way to play the renewable energy sector is by purchasing options on stocks and ETFs.
With options, you can minimize risk and maximize returns. Longer-term (30-60 day) options will typically increase returns by 10-fold as opposed to purchasing the stock outright.
You can make incredible profits with a smaller move to the upside on these renewable energy companies.
With clean energy increasing by 24% in the U.S. and 45% globally within the next 10 years, we want to get into these trades at the forefront.
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