Why is the Santos (ASX:STO) share price falling on Monday?

Here’s what’s weighing on Santos’ stock today.

| More on:
Red arrow going downwards in front of Red arrow and oil pumpjacks

Image source: Getty Images

The Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) share price is off to a rough start this week despite no news having been released by the company.

At the time of writing, the Santos share price is $6.59, 2.23% lower than it was at Friday’s close.

For context, the S&P/ASX 200 Index is currently down 0.4%, while the All Ordinaries Index (ASX: XAO) has slid 0.3%.

Let’s take a look at all that might be weighing on the company’s stock today.

The Santos share price is tumbling on Monday

The Santos share price is slipping today alongside oil prices and its peers’ stock. Thus, tumbling oil prices and a rocky energy sector might have something to do with the oil and gas producer’s suffering.

According to data from CNBC, West Texas Intermediate oil is trading at US$75.50, a 7-week low. Meanwhile, buyers can get their hands on a barrel of Brent crude oil for US$78.35.

The Australian Financial Review reports the fall is due to a fourth wave of COVID-19 that has spurred the resumption of lockdowns in parts of Europe.

At the same time, the United States, Japan, India, and China are reportedly considering releasing some of their oil reserves.

The international news has seemingly weighed on the S&P/ASX 200 Energy Index (ASX: XEJ), which has slumped 1.6% at the time of writing.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the sector’s biggest weights are oil-producing stocks.

Leading the fall is the Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) share price. It has dipped 4% today.

Meanwhile those of Oil Search Ltd (ASX: OSH), Worley Ltd (ASX: WOR), and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) have dropped 2.2%, 2.6%, and 2.2% respectively.

Right now, the Santos share price is 2.4% higher than it was at the start of 2021. However, it has slipped 6.3% since this time last month.

Should you invest $1,000 in Santos right now?

Before you consider Santos, you'll want to hear this.

Motley Fool Investing expert Scott Phillips just revealed what he believes are the 5 best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Santos wasn't one of them.

The online investing service he’s run for over a decade, Motley Fool Share Advisor, has provided thousands of paying members with stock picks that have doubled, tripled or even more.* And right now, Scott thinks there are 5 stocks that are better buys.

*Returns as of January 13th 2022

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

More on Energy Shares