In a post on October 18th I had suggested that “it is certainly possible that the pessimism has jumped the shark. There may be incredible value in the energy sector for Canadian investors.” From that date the Canadian energy sector is up some 40%. Yes, like you, I’d like to jump in a time machine, go back and put down a few hundred thousand dollars on iShares XEG ETF. The Canadian energy producers are on a nice run. Is there more to come?
Here’s that original post. Looking to the Canadian energy sector for Canadian investors.
That Ninepoint energy mutual fund mentioned in that post is up by a similar amount.
Back to iShares energy sector ETF – XEG, here are the top holdings. Yes, the familiar names.
Will energy power the Canadian stock indices?
Here’s the crazy thing. The Canadian stock market is often criticized for being too reliant on the energy sector. But the current reality is that those energy producers (stocks) have fallen so far in price, they are TSX composite weaklings. The energy sector contribution to the TSX composite is mostly pipelines and a few renewable energy stocks.
Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) is the first energy producer to show up at #16 in the index. Suncor is #20. Combined they are at a 3.55% combined weighting for the index. For the TSX 60 (XIU) the next company to slide in is Cenovus, at .36%.
Even if the energy producers continue to surge, they will have little effect on the overall Canadian market. Energy stocks drove the Canadian stock market for quite some time. It even had its periods when it was a top performing sector. And I’m certainly not suggesting those days will return. There are many headwinds for traditional energy.
But it’s also possible that oil and natural gas will be a meaningful part of our energy mix for 15, 20 years and more. If that’s the case, Canadian energy producers might be well positioned. If that’s your belief you might have to top up your Canadian stock index fund with more direct exposure by way of energy ETFs or funds. You might hand select, and buy a few of your favourite energy stocks.
And all said, I am certainly in favour of that ongoing shift to a green, renewable energy mix. I am looking at this through an investment lens.
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