Chevron, Stone Energy Are Oil Stocks Worth Keeping

One of these days, inflation will tick up—and that's when having these commodity holdings will protect my investments.

Unless you’ve spent the past six months in an ashram, you know that one of today’s biggest investing stories is the collapse of oil prices. After trading between roughly $80 and $100 per barrel from 2011 through mid 2014, the price of a barrel of oil cratered to nearly $45. Most energy stocks have followed oil down, as analysts reduce earnings projections for producers, contractors and the wide array of companies that make their living getting “black gold” to market.

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Kathy Kristof
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kristof, editor of, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.