The largest fortune in history — that held by John D Rockefeller — was built on oil.
The 19th Century was a period of great change and rapid industrialisation. The iron and steel industry spawned new construction materials. The railroads connected the country. It was a booming time for oil — a newly-discovered fuel source.
Rockefeller’s Journey to Fortune
Towns began to have their own stories of oil strikes, making businessmen rich in the process. Hearing prospectors were becoming rich overnight excited the young Rockefeller. At the time, Rockefeller was a nobody from Cleveland, Ohio.
But after founding the Standard Oil Corporation with his brother, Rockefeller began his journey to become the richest man in modern history. And it’s all thanks to booming oil in the 19th Century.
Today, few would call oil a booming industry. We’re a long way away from oil prices of US$150 a barrel. But higher oil prices might be here to stay.
Limited Supply Means Higher Oil Prices
Oil has shot up from its low in June this year. And it’s largely thanks to limited supplies. As Bloomberg reported:
‘Rather than pure speculation, this move is rooted in fundamentals: falling inventories and increasing demand. The outlook for crude is no less bright as U.S. fiscal stimulus, in the form of tax cuts financed by additional deficit spending, could also send prices higher.
‘Falling oil and petroleum product inventory dynamics is not just a U.S. phenomenon. Commercial stocks have been trending lower all year for the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, both in absolute terms and in the number of “days of supply.” Due to these declines, OECD commercial stocks are now close to the average OECD commercial inventory levels between 2012 and 2016. These supply dynamics are supportive for oil prices.’
Take a guess which stocks are rocketing up on the ASX? That’s right, oil stocks. Calima Energy Ltd [ASX:CE1], Blue Energy Ltd [ASX:BUL] and Sacgasco Ltd [ASX:SGC] are up 525%, 316% and 192% respectively in 2017 alone.
If oil prices continue to rise towards the end of the year, all three stocks could continue their climb. Don’t want to miss out on any other high growth resource plays? Click here to see what we believe are the top 10 Aussie mining stocks on the ASX today.
Junior Analyst, Markets & Money