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Whether the US’ current bout of inflation is caused by transitory supply-side factors, or trillions of dollars poured into the economy by policymakers, is irrelevant because investors are now tasked with finding a way through the stock market jitters. As inflation rises it eats at yields and the value of fixed coupons falls. To avoid the pitfalls of rising prices look to dividend stocks, whose yields are pushed higher by inflation. Of course not all dividend stocks are created equal and some will outperform in an inflationary environment. The best income stocks are in the financial sector because they benefit from rising interest rates, as their interest rate margins expand in such environments. Energy is next, at least currently. Higher demand boosts prices of oil and gas, which benefits energy sector investors as it is one of the highest dividend payers. These sectors are the most likely to boost their dividends in the rising price environment.
FINSUM: Dividend stocks have no doubt outperformed just about every segment of the bond market, and expanding your dividend holdings may be a good idea as inflation comes in at 20-year highs.
Energy prices are rising from the U.S. to Europe, and while that might spark a good upside for energy companies it’s causing a crisis for those reliant in Europe. BSF SE and Aurubis AG are the continent’s number one producers in chemicals and copper respectively, but energy prices are eating at their margins. Major U.K. fertilizer companies are shutting down plant production in Norway. Gas prices are up nearly 200% in Europe and input costs have doubled as a supply crunch ravages the West. This shortage is painful on the frontside with high input costs but on the sell-side as well. Higher energy costs are eating up a larger percentage of home budgets and curtailing retail spending. Goldman Sachs expects the calamity to continue into the winter and warns of blackouts if consumption isn’t curbed. Finsum: This is the time to up the stakes in American energy prices. Energy shortages aren’t good for anyone but oil and gas are release valves.
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Oil prices are at a fresh peak seemingly every day. Some who have been watching the space for years might be wondering if that will prove fleeting or if it is the start of a big bull market run. Goldman sees oil as staying between $75-80 per barrel over the next 18 months, which will help companies deleverage and improve their returns. OPEC seems likely to be supportive of current prices. Given all this, Goldman thinks oil stocks are a good idea, recommending Occidental, Exxon-Mobil, Devon, Hess, and Schlumberger, among others.
FINSUM: If you believe in the economic recovery then commodities seem likely to have a strong run, oil included.
ESG may have started as a play from the conscience but as of late it has turned out to be just as potent of play for the wallet. Since the start of the pandemic green power exposed stocks in the S&P 500 such as First Solar, NextEra, Albemarle, LG Chem, and Samsung SDI have averaged 140% return compared to the S&P’s 41%. But the real hidden gem has been at home solar company Sunrun which posted a 212% return over the same time frame. The CEO says its wide base of customers draws in democrats and republicans and boosts demand. It also has dealt with Ford Motor Co. to cooperate on in-home charging for the new F-150 Lightning. It has risks as Tesla and Home Depot are trying to take up market share but Sunrun is the leading market contender.
FINSUM: At-home solar is one of the top plays right now, but wider ETFs could provide the exposure with less risk.