The recent volatility in the oil sector has led to the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index losing ~8% in November, thus prompting some investors to label the energy sector as cheap. Thing is, even when the energy stocks were rising owing to a rally in the oil prices earlier this year, some analysts and market observers were still labeling the sector inexpensive based on valuations.
Penalized severely by the recent oil rout, WTI futures touched their worst losing streak in nearly 34 years, while IYE -- and ETF that tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Oil & Gas Index -- suffered a year-to-date loss of ~7% and falling 15.68% below its 52-week high.
Several energy stocks trade at roughly a 50% discount to the broader market. Is the Energy sector a "buy" in these conditions?