Slick Plays for This Market

 | Dec 05, 2011 | 6:43 PM EST
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You know you have a strong oil market when Transocean (RIG) makes you more than 10% in an equity offering in no time flat. Last week, the most disgraced and scorned oil service company, RIG, priced 26 million shares at $40.50, an unthinkable sale given how much stock RIG has bought back at much higher prices.

Today, though, Transocean traded as high as $45.50, a remarkable move that shows the power of this rally in oil.

I think that it is lasting. Two of my favorites are Clean Harbors (CLH), which is the best fracking clean-up play, and Core Labs (CLB), the quintessential oil technology company with instruments that can tell you what's underneath better than just about anyone.

But CLH and CLB are truly the exceptions. The oil service industry index is at $126, down $40 from its high even as oil is very near its high. That's pretty nutty as these companies are having a terrific time. I am surprised there haven't been more BJ Services/Smith International like deals given how compelling the long-term stories are turning out to be.

When you get a deal like RIG that's tight as a drum that tells you there's plenty of oil capital looking for a home.

There's a ton of bargains. Schlumberger (SLB) and Ensco (ESV) are two owned by Action Alerts Plus. But I think any one of these could do well on the next European-related dip. I put that in because we haven't had one of those dips as of late, but when they occur, they are so devastating that you have to be able plug in something you really want at that moment.

I think the oils and the oil services represent the best buys in this market.


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