Yes, there is a renaissance in the oil industry — mainly a boom in domestic production. That doesn’t mean owning a vertically integrated monster oil name like Exxon Mobil (XOM) makes sense.
Investors gravitated to the stock thanks to its near 3% dividend. But in a best-case scenario, Exxon shares will gain 5% in the next year. Add the dividend and you have a 8% return. That just doesn’t cut it in a risk-on environment. Investors made 3% on this name alone in October; look for weaker returns to close out the year.