Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now

Energy-related stocks took a huge hit across the board when oil prices started to tumble in mid-2014. Some have come back strong; others are still reeling from the pain. If you’re looking for bargains, then still-suffering stocks like ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:HEP), and Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) should all be on your short list. But are they worth buying today?

1. The giant looks cheap

Exxon is one of the largest integrated oil and natural gas companies in the world. It has been facing some headwinds on the production front (it pumped less oil year over year in each of the last two years), and its return on capital employed has been relatively weak as of late. It has plans to fix these problems, but it’s going to take some time to get this giant ship moving in the right direction again. 

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Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was started with an Outperform rating at BMO Capital Markets with a $74 price target. The Wall Street consensus target for the oil giant is set at $74.35. The shares ended trading Friday at $69.43.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Many of its peers slashed or eliminated their dividends to preserve cash. Former dividend stalwarts ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) were among the many that caved under the pressure of lower oil prices, with ConocoPhillips slicing its payout by two-thirds, while Anadarko slashed its dividend by 82%.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short fell to 11.23 million from the previous 11.83 million. Shares were trading at $78.28, within a 52-week range of $48.70 to $78.61.

Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded up about 5% at $21.81. The stock’s 52-week range is $10.64 to $22.74. Volume was nearly 16 million compared to the daily average volume of 11 million.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) gapped down before the market opened on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $22.09, but opened at $21.63. Marathon Oil shares last traded at $21.47, with a volume of 12430818 shares traded.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivals Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’s deep knowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) debt rose 1.3% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Wednesday. The debt issue has a 6.8% coupon and will mature on March 15, 2038. The debt is now trading at $84.56 and was trading at $83.13 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s debt in credit markets often predict parallel moves in its stock price.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.

    Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on RIG. Bank of America increased their price objective on Transocean from $12.00 to $13.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Transocean from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Cowen set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.79.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Three stocks on my watchlist that look incredibly cheap and will likely be high up on my next buy list are LGI Homes (NASDAQ:LGIH), U.S. Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA), and Transocean (NYSE:RIG). Here’s why they look compelling to me now and why Wall Street seems to be assigning them such modest valuations. 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of RigNet are up more than 18% since the announcement. However, the company’s stock price had been in rally mode well before that news, rocketing 75% since the end of July. While some notable improvements in its second-quarter results likely helped ignite this rally, the company is also benefiting from the belief that the long-awaited offshore drilling recovery is beginning to unfold. The most recent comments supporting that view came from Transocean’s (NYSE:RIG) CEO Jeremy Thigpen. He stated last week that he expects lease rates on rigs to improve, and that contracting activity should pick up in late 2019. Based on that outlook, he said that “we are far more bullish than we have been historically,” which is one reason Transocean recently made another major acquisition.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Northern Trust Corp reduced its stake in shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 1.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 3,527,006 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after selling 44,063 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp owned about 0.76% of Transocean worth $47,402,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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    ECA has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Encana from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their price target for the company from $15.00 to $18.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Evercore ISI raised shares of Encana from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the company from $10.84 to $16.00 in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Encana from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Scotiabank raised shares of Encana from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the company from $13.00 to $14.00 in a report on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Goldman Sachs cut their price target on shares of Encana from $17.25 to $14.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, twenty-two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $15.28.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Cenovus Energy (NYSE:CVE) and Encana (NYSE:ECA) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

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    Already, shale companies such as Encana (ECA) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) , among others, are reporting higher cash flows and earnings on higher oil prices. As a result, they are paying down debt, increasing dividends and engaging in buybacks. This is a dramatic improvement in shareholder yield for the group.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the twenty-four analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, twenty-one have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.17.

Best Oil Stocks To Own Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Houston-based Halliburton Co. (HAL) stock fell during premarket trading Monday, April 23, despite reporting a 34% increase in revenue driven by expanding U.S. production, as the oilfield service provider experienced sand delivery challenges and took a charge related to its business in Venezuela.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    SemGroup (NYSE: SEMG) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability and risk.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In July of 2017, industrial giant GE (NYSE:GE) merged its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHGE) to create an oilfield services and equipment giant. Based on revenue, the deal pushed it past Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) to become the second-largest oil services company behind Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB). That larger scale positioned it for significant upside in the eventual oil market recovery.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FDx Advisors Inc. reduced its holdings in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 19.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 64,630 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after selling 15,713 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Halliburton were worth $3,034,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By ]

    You’ve heard all about the bottlenecks in domestic distribution. Now, you’ve heard Secretary Mnuchin talk about production. Still, we have to get this stuff to market. When it comes to energy, I have focused on oil services, hence my well-known long positions in both Action Alerts PLUS holding Schlumberger (SLB) , and Halliburton (HAL) .

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