Since crude oil prices have surged more than 25% since the beginning of the year, optimistic investors are betting a barrel of oil could cross the $100/barrel mark by year-end.
Impending U.S. sanctions against Iran, coupled with bottlenecks in the U.S. shale industry and the anticipated collapse of Venezuela's economy, have many energy market analysts contemplating an abrupt supply shock -- which in turn could push oil prices higher.
There are several investment implications of higher oil, which could affect everything from consumer spending to Emerging Markets (which rely heavily on imports). The International Monetary Fund believes the global economy could feel the impact as well, as they downgraded the global economic forecast for 2018 and 2019 by 0.2% points as a result of higher prices.
But perhaps the most relevant sector to watch will be drilling, exploration, and production in the oil and gas sector. Check out some of the related portfolios below for trade ideas.