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Bankrupt Energy Stocks Leading The Short Squeeze Rally



  • Energy stocks that have filed for Ch.11 or are about to have led the recent 'short squeeze' rally.
  • There are names that are fundamentally solid that have moved higher as well, but a short-term correction looks more likely.
  • Buyers should not be fooled by the large price movements. There are companies that won't survive regardless of the recent price moves.
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Ever since last week Monday, energy stocks that have already filed for Ch.11 or are about to have squeezed so much higher that it boggles the mind just to look at them.

Take Whiting (WLL) for example, with breakeven in the long-run of $60/bbl WTI, its stock is up ~100% just today.

The company has already filed for Ch. 11 with equity holders getting only ~3% of the reorganized shares. But the stock continues to surge because this rally isn't based on fundamentals.

Now, while the entire pack rallies, there are some names that are truly deserving of the recent gains, while others like Whiting shouldn't. Take Baytex (BTE) for example, and one of our long holdings, the company doesn't have a bank line redetermination until 2024, and with long-run breakeven at $43/bbl WTI, we think Baytex's recent performance was warranted.

Now, as for the short-term price move, Baytex's stock has more than doubled leading to very overbought conditions. The stock appears to be trying to fill the gap left behind from the March sell-off at C$1.03. At least in the short term, we think Baytex holders can take profits once the gap is filled, and re-enter at C$0.68 which is where the lower gap level is.

Aside from Baytex, another name we particularly like is Cenovus (CVE). But the recent "junk" led rally has also started to extend solid names like CVE a bit too far.

Cenovus has filled the gap left behind from the March sell-off while the downside gap is left unfilled. Given the recent overbought conditions, we think taking profits here and re-entering in a sell-off makes sense.

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