With oil prices having more than doubled from their early 2016 low, to over $65 per barrel, traders are waking up this morning to the possibility that the long-dormant oil sector may be coming back with a vengeance.
Today’s prices allow drillers to hedge for $60 per barrel oil for over one year, meaning they now have a platform for new investment. Production recently passed its 2014 peak of 9.6 million barrels per day and is showing no signs of slowing down.
As a result, analysts are starting to pound the table for oil stocks again, especially those with relatively low debt loads. The new names are players like Jagged Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE:JAG), Diamondback Energy Inc. (NYSE:FANG) and RSP Permian Inc. (NYSE:RSPP), frackers with “interesting” acreage in the Permian Basin that have grown their operations since the bust.
Low Debt, Low Risk
Traders don’t yet trust the rise in prices, largely thanks to the accompanying rise of production. This is why integrated oil companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX) remain relatively cheap, with Exxon selling for less than twice its annual revenue, despite having less than 10% of its assets under debt.
Best Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $8.38 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.
Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.
Best Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Continental Resources, Inc.(CLR)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Beta Should Lead At The Start of A Rally: Best ideas in the first leg up: Marathon Oil, Devon Energy (DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Continental Resources (CLR). If OPEC announces a cut, whether moderate or deep, we expect that in the initial move up, moderate value beta names, like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, andContinental Resources will lead.For a $5 increase in oil prices, we estimate 2017 cash flow per share would increase 12-18% for these stocks vs. the remainder of the group at 12%. Of these four, short interest is modest for all exceptContinental Resources at 25%, among the highest in our universe. Outperformance of these names should be driven by investors adding to long positions, not short covering.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Continental Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLR) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie on December 14, and on December 12 Credit Suisse started it with an Outperform rating and assigned a $57 price target. The 52-week range for the energy giant is $29.08 to $53.57, and shares were recently trading at $48.56. Continental Resources has a consensus analyst target of about $51 now.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
There has also been a chorus of voices opposing the Paris agreement as well. Twenty-two Republican Senators last week signed a letter calling for the U.S. to withdraw. On the corporate front, Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources (CLR) and adviser to the Trump campaign, in a letter to Trump ahead of his inauguration reported by the New York Times called on the president to “cancel” the Paris treaty.
Best Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) is the only stock in this group to get a rating boost. The Jefferies analysts lifted the rating from Underperform to Hold. The 12-month price target was unchanged at $8. The 2017 EPS estimate was lowered from $0.81 to $0.52, and the 2018 estimate was lowered from $0.99 to $0.94. Shares closed Friday at $7.71, in a 52-week range of $6.62 to $15.59, and the consensus price target on the stock is $12.59.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP) rose 15.3 percent to $2.41 in pre-market trading after declining 25.09 percent on Thursday.
Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) shares rose 10.7 percent to $117.75 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Thursday.
DMC Global Inc. (NASDAQ: BOOM) rose 10.6 percent to $35.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) rose 10.2 percent to $12.12 in pre-market trading after climbing 86.76 percent on Thursday.
Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) shares rose 7 percent to $6.42 in pre-market trading on reports that the company has made progress on merger talks with T-Mobile.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose 6.9 percent to $1,621.95 in pre-market trading after the company posted upbeat results for its first quarter. The company sees second quarter operating income of $1.1 billion – $1.9 billion and sales of $51 billion – $54 billion.
Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) shares rose 5.5 percent to $7.88 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.49 percent on Thursday.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) rose 5.3 percent to $55.86 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter and also raised its FY18 sales outlook.
8×8, Inc. (NASDAQ: EGHT) rose 5.3 percent to $21.00 in pre-market trading.
Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) shares rose 5.1 percent to $4.75 in pre-market trading as the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) rose 5 percent to $20.24 in pre-market trading.
Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) rose 4.5 percent to $249.50 in pre-market trading following upbeat Q1 profit.
Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR) rose 4.3 percent to $311 in pre-market trading. Charter is expected to release quarterly earnings today.
SINA Corporation (NASDAQ: SINA) shares rose 3.9 pe
- [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]
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These are the top 5 holdings of DFT Energy LPWhiting Petroleum Corp (WLL) – 400,000 shares, 18.19% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 2.56%Hess Corp (HES) – 170,000 shares, 11.57% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 30.77%Noble Energy Inc (NBL) – 200,000 shares, 8.15% of the total portfolio. Southwestern Energy Co (SWN) – 1,360,000 shares, 7.92% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 4.62%Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) traded down 12.6% Tuesday and posted a new 52-week low of $4.37 after closing Monday at $5.00. The stock’s 52-week high is $9.75. Volume was over 43 million, more than double the daily average of about 21.8 million shares. The company had no specific news.
- [By Chris Lange]
The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday was Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) which rose 20% to $4.46. The stocks 52-week range is $3.42 to $8.94. Volume was about 52 million compared to the daily average volume of 26 million.
Best Energy Stocks To Watch Right Now: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)
- [By Wayne Duggan]
While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
Superior Energy Services
Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.