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Why Merrill Lynch Prefers These 4 Top Oil Stocks

Any way you look at it, the oil trade has been a tough one. Needless to say, a huge price decrease in the commodity that drives the industry will always separate the good companies from those that are over-leveraged. Plus, rather than trying to grab the proverbial falling knife, it’s often better to see if a rally is the real deal. With oil going through the $40 mark, it broke a downtrend line that came from highs printed almost two years ago.

The question is which stocks to buy now. Despite the rally, there is always the chance that oil rolls back over. The smart move is to stay with the leaders that pay good dividends. We screened the Merrill Lynch energy universe and found four rated Buy that still look very attractive.

Exxon Mobil

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