A lot can change in three weeks.

Consider the change in oil stocks. They’ve gone from some of the most overbought stocks in the market, to some of the most oversold. Look at this updated chart of the AMEX Oil Index (XOI)…

I first showed you this chart three weeks ago when I cautioned against buying oil stocks. The index is down about 10% since then. There’s still some room left on the downside. In fact, oil stocks could easily drop another 5%-10% from here.

But we’re getting close to the best buying opportunity in a year for the oil sector.

Consider this chart of the oil sector bullish percent index (BPENER)…

A bullish percent index (or BPI) is a measure of overbought and oversold conditions for a sector. Most sectors are overbought when their BPI rallies above 80. They’re extremely oversold when the BPI drops below 30.

[ad#Google Adsense]The last time the BPENER dropped into “extremely oversold” territory was last June – following the flash crash and the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Anyone brave enough to dive into oil stocks back then enjoyed a 50% gain in the sector in less than a year.

We’re now approaching a similar opportunity.

The BPENER is currently just above 40. That means the sector isn’t oversold yet, and there’s good reason to expect a bit more downside. But while the situation may look bad to an unseasoned investor, now is the time to start putting together a shopping list of oil stocks. The sector should drop to oversold levels in the next few weeks.

When that happens, you’ll want to jump in and buy.

It will be your best chance to buy oil stocks this year. Keep your eyes peeled.

Best regards and good trading,

— Jeff Clark

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Source:  The Growth Stock Wire