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Best Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

The Tesla Motors “Gigafactory” in Nevada, will more than double global Li-ion battery production, one reason battery prices are falling so rapidly. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

After a terrible couple of years, this looks like a good time for the fossil fuels sector. Oil prices are on the up again, President Donald Trump promises to sweep away many of the restrictions the industry had imposed upon it during the Obama Administration, the former head of ExxonMobil is Secretary of State and there is even talk of watering down fuel economy requirements.

Trump has pushed through executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and he has even promised to revive the moribund US coal industry, causing shares in coal miners to soar. But a new report suggests that demand for coal and oil could peak by 2020 thanks to dramatic falls in the cost of solar power and electric vehicles.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 5.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.48 after closing at $7.91 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.66. Volume of more than 20 million was about a third higher than the daily average of about 16 million. The company announced Tuesday that it had agreed to buy Norwegian firm Songa Offshore for $3.4 billion, including $2.3 billion in Songa’s debt. Investors don’t like the deal.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) fell 41.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading. ACETO board disclosed that it is taking proactive steps to address business and financial challenges. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell 25.3 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting an ATM offering of $150 million.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
    Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
    Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
    Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
    Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 6.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.68 after closing Tuesday at $9.26. The 52-week high is $6.96. Volume rose to about 50% more than the daily average of about 12 million shares. The company had no specific news, but consolidation in the offshore drilling business is not a positive for Transocean or any other driller still standing by itself.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Transocean (RIG) is rising Thursday afternoon, thanks to an upbeat fourth quarter.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    The oilfield services company said it earned 63 cents a share (a figure that excludes $13 million in net unfavorable items), well ahead of the nickel a share in earnings analysts expected. Revenue fell 47.4% year over year to $974 million, also above the $806 million consensus estimate. Transocean said its contract backlog was $11.3 billion as of its February fleet status report. Raymond Jamess Praveen Narra and J. Marshall Adkins reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock following the report. They praised the companys ongoing cost controls and strong revenue efficiency, which they expect to continue. But still arent ready to recommend the stock amid a difficult macro backdrop. More detail from their note:

    Transocean continued to minimize costs and maximize efficiency amid a challenging offshore environment, reporting 4Q16 adjusted EBITDA of $414 million, higher than our estimate of $363 million and consensus of $394 million. The beat was driven by lower than expected costs of $344 million (adjusting for favorable litigation), which came in ~12% lower than our estimate of $385 million and guidance of guidance of $375-385 million. Total revenue efficiency came in at 100.3%, as it was boosted by bonus incentives and possibly effective results from the new contracting model, particularly in the high-spec jackup market. The beat to our estimates was also driven by higher than anticipated revenues, which came in at $805 million, above our estimate of $788 million, but below the consensus estimate of $812 million. We note, our adjusted revenue excludes $169 million in early termination fees during the quarter.

    The shares are up 6.6% to $14.16 in recent trading, although theyre down 4% year to date.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    D.B. Root & Company LLC acquired a new position in shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 30,040 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $297,000.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Saudi Aramco’s valuation, however, isn’t the only one that would benefit from a pop in the price of crude. Many oil producers in the U.S. restructured their operations to run on $50 oil, so if the Saudi strategy is successful, these oil companies would produce a gusher of cash flow, which could fuel high-octane gains for investors. While that rise would likely lift the entire sector, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO)could outperform in that scenario.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $11.33 after closing Monday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was nearly 50% higher than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Back in 2011, Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) elected to spin off Marathon Petroleum. At the time, much of the reasoning for the split was that both entities would garner higher valuations than as an integrated company. Also, by separating them, both could best allocate capital to grow shareholder value.

Best Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Best Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped areApache Corporation(NYSE:APA),Magellan Midstream Partners(NYSE:MMP), andGeneral Motors(NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) dropped about 7.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $34.50. Shares closed at $37.20 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $55.23. Volume was over 11 million, about three times the daily average of around 3.9 million. The company reported quarterly results this morning, but investors were not impressed.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and Jack Mohr think Apache’s (APA) management has positioned the company for growth through both innovation and efficiency. Read what they are telling their investment club members with a free subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Best Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) dropped about 4.1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $15.33 after closing at $15.99 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $36.40. Volume of about 8.5 million was about 15% above the daily average. The increase in natural gas drilling rigs this week is not good for companies like Range Resources that are gas-weighted producers.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

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    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) is rated Buy with a lowered price target of $43. The 2017 EPS estimate has been lowered from $0.85 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate waslowered from $1.60 to $1.52. Shares closed at $27.34 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $27.07 to $46.96, and the consensus price target is $46.42. Range Resources is a Jefferies Franchise Pick.

Best Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now

Source: ThinkstockMay 25, 2017: The S&P 500 closed higher on the day, up 0.4% at 2,415.00. Separately the DJIA closed up 0.3% as well at 21,081.04. The Nasdaq closed up 0.7% at 6,205.26.

The U.S. broad markets posted another record day with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hitting all-time highs on the day with the Dow in close pursuit. After breaking back above the $50 mark, crude oil came crashing back below sending oil & gas stocks much lower on the day. On the other hand, the rest of the market was incredibly positive led by the tech sector. Facebook, Microsoft, Alphabet, and Amazon were some of the biggest winners on the day and easily helped prop the markets up.

Crude oil traded massively lower on the day giving back all of its gains over the past weeks, Crude was last trading down over 5% at $48.62.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: ONEOK Partners L.P.(OKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    As things stand right now, analysts anticipate that at least some Iranian oil will come off the market as a result of the sanctions. That lost output would further tighten an oil market that suddenly has little margin for error thanks to red-hot demand and tame supply growth. That’s the recipe for higher oil prices and could make top-tier U.S. oil stocks Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) big winners in the coming years.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has worked hard to differentiate itself from other oil companies by focusing on creating value for investors as opposed to growing at all costs. That plan continued paying dividends during the first quarter, as the company blew past expectations. That strong showing sets the U.S. oil giant up for an exceptional year.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short fell to 21.01 million from the previous level of 24.44 million. Shares were trading at $69.15, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $70.15.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short rose to 24.44 million from the previous level of 23.91 million. Shares were trading at $64.80, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $67.30.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Whittier Trust Co. grew its holdings in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) by 15.8% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The institutional investor owned 11,978 shares of the energy producer’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,635 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co.’s holdings in ConocoPhillips were worth $710,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Presto, West Texas Intermediate crude rose 3% to $71.18, the highest since December 2014, boosting shares of oil companies including Occidental (OXY) , which gained 4.8%, Marathon (MRO) , up 3.8%, and Apache (APA) , which gained 2.5%. Spot gasoline also rose 2.7% to $2.17 a gallon, boding ill for the summer driving season in the U.S. and potentially eroding any gains middle-class Americans received from the Trump tax cuts.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) surged to the top of the S&P 500 today as oil surged 9.3% after OPEC agreed to cut production and giving energy stocks a boost.

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    Shares of Marathon Oil jumped 21% to $18.06, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,198.81, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 5.1% to $74.43.

    In a note published on Nov. 21, Morgan Stanley’sEvan Calio and team named Marathon Oil as one of the four stocks they expected to outperform if OPEC actually delivered a production cut:

    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.

    Good call. Not only did Marathon soar, but Devon Energy jumped 15% to $48.33, Anadarko Petroleum climbed 15% to $69.15, and Continental Resources surged 23% to $58.01.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Whiting Petroleum (WLL) has gained 2.9% to $8.30 after reporting a smaller-than-expected loss.

    Weight Watchers International (WTW) has jumped 7.9% to $21.75 after hiring HSN’sMindy Grossman as its new CEO.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.43 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Westmoreland Coal Company (NYSE: WLB), down 9 percent, and Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have jumped 12% to $7.41 at 2:58 a.m. today, and it’s success has helped boost offshore drillers across the board. Transocean (RIG) has advanced 1.6% to $13.41, Ensco (ESV) has gained 5.8% to $10.73, and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) has risen 4.5% to $17.43.

  • [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 Jason Hall]

    April was another bad month for offshore drilling stocks. Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG), ENSCO Plc. (NYSE:ESV), Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE:DO), Atwood Oceanic Inc.(NYSE:ATW), and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) all held up relatively well through the first third of the month, but then start to fall around April 10.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Transocean (RIG) is rising Thursday afternoon, thanks to an upbeat fourth quarter.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    The oilfield services company said it earned 63 cents a share (a figure that excludes $13 million in net unfavorable items), well ahead of the nickel a share in earnings analysts expected. Revenue fell 47.4% year over year to $974 million, also above the $806 million consensus estimate. Transocean said its contract backlog was $11.3 billion as of its February fleet status report. Raymond Jamess Praveen Narra and J. Marshall Adkins reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock following the report. They praised the companys ongoing cost controls and strong revenue efficiency, which they expect to continue. But still arent ready to recommend the stock amid a difficult macro backdrop. More detail from their note:

    Transocean continued to minimize costs and maximize efficiency amid a challenging offshore environment, reporting 4Q16 adjusted EBITDA of $414 million, higher than our estimate of $363 million and consensus of $394 million. The beat was driven by lower than expected costs of $344 million (adjusting for favorable litigation), which came in ~12% lower than our estimate of $385 million and guidance of guidance of $375-385 million. Total revenue efficiency came in at 100.3%, as it was boosted by bonus incentives and possibly effective results from the new contracting model, particularly in the high-spec jackup market. The beat to our estimates was also driven by higher than anticipated revenues, which came in at $805 million, above our estimate of $788 million, but below the consensus estimate of $812 million. We note, our adjusted revenue excludes $169 million in early termination fees during the quarter.

    The shares are up 6.6% to $14.16 in recent trading, although theyre down 4% year to date.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 5.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.48 after closing at $7.91 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.66. Volume of more than 20 million was about a third higher than the daily average of about 16 million. The company announced Tuesday that it had agreed to buy Norwegian firm Songa Offshore for $3.4 billion, including $2.3 billion in Songa’s debt. Investors don’t like the deal.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) is rated Buy with a lowered price target of $43. The 2017 EPS estimate has been lowered from $0.85 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate waslowered from $1.60 to $1.52. Shares closed at $27.34 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $27.07 to $46.96, and the consensus price target is $46.42. Range Resources is a Jefferies Franchise Pick.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $14.77 after closing at $15.30 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.64. Volume of about 9.4 million was about 20% higher than the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By ]

    Crude prices recovered sharply from the profit-taking that we saw ahead of yesterday’s news events, and it is in the Saudis’ best interest to maintain higher market prices as long as the Saudi Aramco deal remains in the future. That said, the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen versus the greenback’s peers, and that could act as a weight upon all commodity prices if that condition were to persist.

    Trade Idea: Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP)

    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) .

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) rose 19 percent to $7.20 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 S.A. confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire McDermott.
    Clarus Corporation (NASDAQ: CLAR) rose 18.5 percent to $8.00 in pre-market trading.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) rose 9.3 percent to $34.09 in pre-market trading after falling 2.41 percent on Friday.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) rose 8.4 percent to $18 in pre-market trading. Lannett named Maureen M. Cavanaugh as senior vice president and chief commercial operations officer.
    Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: NAP) rose 7.1 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after gaining 11.26 percent on Friday.
    Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT) rose 6.9 percent to $18.80 in pre-market trading after falling 3.19 percent on Friday.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 5.7 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.6 percent to $69.20 in pre-market trading. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares rose 5.2 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading after declining 19.35 percent on Friday.
    Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) shares rose 5 percent to $20 in pre-market trading.
    Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) shares rose 5 percent to $68.41 in pre-market trading.
    Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) shares rose 4.9 percent to $19.78 in the pre-market trading session.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Oil and gas investors have been through the wringer over the past few years. Even the most stable investments in this industry — pipelines, processing, and logistics — haven’t been spared. Case in point: Shares of Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) have declined 18% over the past three years despite the company posting consistent revenue and cash flow growth. To top it off, there has been a slew of regulatory and tax changes in recent months that will have a significant impact on this particular industry.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped areApache Corporation(NYSE:APA),Magellan Midstream Partners(NYSE:MMP), andGeneral Motors(NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Several high-yielding dividend stocks have taken it on the chin this year due to a sell-off in the stock market and rising interest rates. That one-two punch has hit pipeline stocks the hardest, with several top-notch companies tumbling by a double-digit percentage since the start of the year. Three that stand out as excellent options to consider buying now that they’re on sale are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), Antero Midstream Partners (NYSE:AM), and Enbridge (NYSE:ENB).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Buy Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    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 Paul Ausick]

    Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is rated Buy with an unchanged price target of $16. The EPS estimate for 2017 was lowered from $0.42 to $0.34, and the 2018 estimate was also lowered, from $1.47 to $1.28. The shares ended the weekat $11.44, in a 52-week range of $4.90 to $13.85. The consensus 12-month price target is $14.95.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was the eighth top oil company stock in 2016, with a 131% gain over the year. ECA and its subsidiaries focus on developing, exploring, producing, and marketing natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil in North America.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018

He’s back!

Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial media tycoon and former prime minister of Italy, has emerged as a potential kingmaker in a crucial general election to be held Sunday.

Analysts have watched the resurrection of the self-described “Jesus Christ of politics” with trepidation. They worry that policies proposed by his coalition would blow the country’s budget deficit wide open and damage its weak economy.

Berlusconi is not allowed to hold office because of a fraud conviction. But he could anoint the next prime minister if his alliance of center-right parties wins the largest share of the vote.

Once in power, his allies are promising to spend, spend, spend.

“[The] coalition has proposed a raft of sweeping policies that would cause a blowout in the budget deficit and possibly a significant shrinking of the workforce,” said Jack Allen, an economist at Capital Economics.

Sound familiar? Berlusconi dominated Italian politics for decades, serving as prime minister between 2001 and 2006 and again from 2008 to 2011. He left office under the shadow of sex scandals and a debt crisis.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018: Archrock, Inc.(AROC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018: Daily Journal Corp. (S.C.)(DJCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    BidaskClub downgraded shares of Daily Journal (NASDAQ:DJCO) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report released on Tuesday.

    Separately, TheStreet raised shares of Daily Journal from a c- rating to a b rating in a report on Monday, February 12th.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.(CBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Bon-Ton’s disappearance is likely to cause even more distress for Washington Prime and CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE:CBL). Both mid-tier mall operators have been suffering from department-store chains closing anchor locations at their properties.

Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy For 2018: Grifols, S.A.(GRFS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Financial Gravity Companies Inc. raised its stake in shares of Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) by 264.0% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 13,862 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,054 shares during the quarter. Financial Gravity Companies Inc.’s holdings in Grifols were worth $282,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Grifols (NASDAQ:GRFS) was upgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

  • [By Monica Wolfe]

    Grifols SA (GRFS)

    Paulsons fourth largest holding is in Grifols SA where he holds on to 19,786,279 shares of the companys stock. His position in the company represents 4% of his total portfolio and 5.76% of the companys shares outstanding.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019

The beginning of summer may herald the end of a boom for the fuel that underpinned crude’s rally into a bull market last year.

Profits from turning benchmark Dubai crude into diesel are poised to shrivel in Asia — the world’s biggest oil-consuming region — as refiners from Japan to India prepare to boost processing after slowing down during spring-season maintenance while heating demand that buoyed the market in winter fades, according to a Bloomberg survey of five traders and analysts.

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The renaissance in diesel, which is used to power everything from trucks to ships and factories, over the past couple of seasons had contributed to crude’s recovery from the biggest price crash in a generation. While oil is still riding a rally and has reached levels last seen in 2014 on the back of rising geopolitical tensions, falling inventories and OPEC’s supply curbs, the potential fuel weakness adds to other threats such as record U.S. production.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was the eighth top oil company stock in 2016, with a 131% gain over the year. ECA and its subsidiaries focus on developing, exploring, producing, and marketing natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil in North America.

  • [By ]

    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 WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is rated Buy with an unchanged price target of $16. The EPS estimate for 2017 was lowered from $0.42 to $0.34, and the 2018 estimate was also lowered, from $1.47 to $1.28. The shares ended the weekat $11.44, in a 52-week range of $4.90 to $13.85. The consensus 12-month price target is $14.95.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: ONEOK Partners L.P.(OKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short decreased to 23.15 million from the previous level of 24.60 million. Shares were trading at $52.55, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $61.32.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    ConocoPhillips’ (NYSE:COP) management team has worked tirelessly in recent years to transform the oil company into one that could thrive on lower prices. As a result, itcashed in during the first quarterwhen crude was well above its baseline plan. That strong showing sets the company up for continued success in the coming year — a key theme running through management’s comments on the accompanying conference call, which detailed recent achievements and how they frame what lies ahead.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    The contract awards are for the jack-ups West Elara and West Linus with ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COP) for work in the Greater Ekofisk area. The total additional backlog for the new contract awards is estimated to be about $1.4 billion, excluding performance bonuses.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) also abandoned its leases in the Chukchi Sea earlier this year. It paid $506 million for the 98 leases off Alaska’s northern coast in 2008 and had plans to drill its first exploratory well in 2014 but dropped those ambitions due to regulatory uncertainty. It has also since decided to exit deepwater exploration altogether after drilling a string of dry holes in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Angola, and the Canadian Atlantic, Instead, ConocoPhillips plans to focus its future development efforts on lower-risk onshore shale development.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 4.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.43 after closing at $15.09 on Monday. The 52-week high is $34.93. Volume of about 15 million was nearly double the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $11.33 after closing Monday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was nearly 50% higher than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Saudi Aramco’s valuation, however, isn’t the only one that would benefit from a pop in the price of crude. Many oil producers in the U.S. restructured their operations to run on $50 oil, so if the Saudi strategy is successful, these oil companies would produce a gusher of cash flow, which could fuel high-octane gains for investors. While that rise would likely lift the entire sector, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO)could outperform in that scenario.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Back in 2011, Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) elected to spin off Marathon Petroleum. At the time, much of the reasoning for the split was that both entities would garner higher valuations than as an integrated company. Also, by separating them, both could best allocate capital to grow shareholder value.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down 8.7% at $14.86. The stocks 52-week range is $9.65 to $19.28. Volume was about 108% of the daily average of around 11.32 million shares. The company had no specific news but was continuing to drop from falling crude prices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) which traded down over 7% at $42.51. The stocks 52-week range is $38.14 to $69.00. Volume was over 14 million versus the daily average of 3.4 million shares.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team are detailing their outlook for portfolio energy names Apache (APA) and Cimarex (XEC) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the Action Alerts PLUS team say they still believe in their embattled Permian names, Cimarex (XEC) and Apache (APA) , both of which have benefited from a slow rotation in recent weeks. These names can produce and profit here. Schlumberger (SLB) remains best in class and Magellan Midstream Partners just might be the best way to play oil given that the pipelines will be needed to transport the new wave of oil able to be drawn out of the ground from increasingly efficient American producers. Get in on the discussion by getting a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Reuben Gregg Brewer, and Travis Hoium]

    With these interesting trends emerging, there’s no doubt that investors are looking at this industry. To help investors start their search for great energy investments, we asked three of our investing contributors to each highlight a stock they see as a great buy now. Here’s why they picked Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team view the strength of corporations as most important in proving that stocks can handle current valuations. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Arconic (ARNC) , Apple (AAPL) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Get a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    If you are an investor in Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), you aren’t in it for the thrills of rapid growth and skyrocketing stock prices. Instead, you’re probably looking for a consistent, reliable business that will continue to churn out cash. If that is the case, then this past quarter’s earnings report was right up your alley. By no means was it exciting, but it was another quarter of delivering consistent results.

  • [By ]

    That means pipelines are equally busy carrying all that raw crude into these refineries and then carrying out gasoline, diesel and other finished products. So you’d think these would be boon times for Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP), which owns 10,000 miles of pipeline that connect with 50% of the nation’s refinery capacity.

  • [By ]

    Cramer and the AAP team are looking for opportunities to trim stocks into strength based out of discipline. That means trimming Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members and get in on the conversation with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    D.B. Root & Company LLC acquired a new position in shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 30,040 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $297,000.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Transocean (RIG) is rising Thursday afternoon, thanks to an upbeat fourth quarter.

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    The oilfield services company said it earned 63 cents a share (a figure that excludes $13 million in net unfavorable items), well ahead of the nickel a share in earnings analysts expected. Revenue fell 47.4% year over year to $974 million, also above the $806 million consensus estimate. Transocean said its contract backlog was $11.3 billion as of its February fleet status report. Raymond Jamess Praveen Narra and J. Marshall Adkins reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock following the report. They praised the companys ongoing cost controls and strong revenue efficiency, which they expect to continue. But still arent ready to recommend the stock amid a difficult macro backdrop. More detail from their note:

    Transocean continued to minimize costs and maximize efficiency amid a challenging offshore environment, reporting 4Q16 adjusted EBITDA of $414 million, higher than our estimate of $363 million and consensus of $394 million. The beat was driven by lower than expected costs of $344 million (adjusting for favorable litigation), which came in ~12% lower than our estimate of $385 million and guidance of guidance of $375-385 million. Total revenue efficiency came in at 100.3%, as it was boosted by bonus incentives and possibly effective results from the new contracting model, particularly in the high-spec jackup market. The beat to our estimates was also driven by higher than anticipated revenues, which came in at $805 million, above our estimate of $788 million, but below the consensus estimate of $812 million. We note, our adjusted revenue excludes $169 million in early termination fees during the quarter.

    The shares are up 6.6% to $14.16 in recent trading, although theyre down 4% year to date.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

    Losers
    Aceto Corporation (NASDAQ: ACET) fell 41.9 percent to $4.30 in pre-market trading. ACETO board disclosed that it is taking proactive steps to address business and financial challenges. Canaccord Genuity downgraded Aceto from Buy to Sell.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) fell 25.3 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting an ATM offering of $150 million.
    Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
    Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
    Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
    Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
    Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
    Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
    vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
    Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
    GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
    Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    None of SQZZ's equity positions account for more than 1.9 percent of the new ETF's weight. Those positions include Dow component General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), Sprint Corp (NYSE: S), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Go back a year, and offshore drillers like Noble (NE), Rowan (RDC), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW) had been all but written off–until they weren’t anymore. Since then, investors have been rewarded for picking winners in the group from the losers, as Atwood Oceanics has more than doubled, Transocean has gained 34%, and Rowan has risen 42%, while Noble and Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) have dropped 13%.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019

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Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down 8.7% at $14.86. The stocks 52-week range is $9.65 to $19.28. Volume was about 108% of the daily average of around 11.32 million shares. The company had no specific news but was continuing to drop from falling crude prices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) shares were up a whopping 209.9% at $18.08 on Wednesday, and the 70.5 million shares at the close was almost 5 times normal trading volume. Marathon Oil has a consensus analyst price target of $18.12 and a 52-week trading range of $6.52 to $18.55. The company has a total market cap of $15 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) surged to the top of the S&P 500 today as oil surged 9.3% after OPEC agreed to cut production and giving energy stocks a boost.

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    Shares of Marathon Oil jumped 21% to $18.06, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,198.81, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 5.1% to $74.43.

    In a note published on Nov. 21, Morgan Stanley’sEvan Calio and team named Marathon Oil as one of the four stocks they expected to outperform if OPEC actually delivered a production cut:

    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.

    Good call. Not only did Marathon soar, but Devon Energy jumped 15% to $48.33, Anadarko Petroleum climbed 15% to $69.15, and Continental Resources surged 23% to $58.01.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 4.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.43 after closing at $15.09 on Monday. The 52-week high is $34.93. Volume of about 15 million was nearly double the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

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    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $14.77 after closing at $15.30 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.64. Volume of about 9.4 million was about 20% higher than the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Range Resources (RRC) was upgraded to outperform at BMO. $44 price target The valuation is more attractive, as business fundamentals are improving, BMO said. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) dropped about 4.1% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $15.33 after closing at $15.99 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $36.40. Volume of about 8.5 million was about 15% above the daily average. The increase in natural gas drilling rigs this week is not good for companies like Range Resources that are gas-weighted producers.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) is rated Buy with a lowered price target of $43. The 2017 EPS estimate has been lowered from $0.85 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate waslowered from $1.60 to $1.52. Shares closed at $27.34 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $27.07 to $46.96, and the consensus price target is $46.42. Range Resources is a Jefferies Franchise Pick.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) dropped about 6.4% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $4.36 after closing at $4.66 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $13.39. Volume was around 19 million, about 15% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of DFT Energy LP’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=DFT+Energy+LP

    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 Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL) saw its shares rocket up by 30.2% to $12.21 on 79.5 million shares on Wednesday. That represents almost 4 times normal trading volume. Whiting Petroleum has a total market cap of $3.5 billion. The company has a consensus analyst price target of $11.39 and a 52-week trading range of $3.35 to $16.62.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) posted a new 52-week low of $4.81 on Friday, down about 7.5% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $5.20. The stock’s 52-week high is $13.39. Volume totaled around 21 million shares, about 5% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By ]

    That investment would likely benefit both Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, but more so their competitor Halliburton Co. (HAL) , which is the most levered to the North American market among the big three oil services providers. 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By ]

    Lang looked at a daily chart of Anadarko (APC) and Conoco Phillips (COP) , noting that Anadarko has been making higher highs and lows on strong volume, with a bullish MACD momentum indicator. Conoco has made a “W” shaped bottom with a bullish Chaikin money flow, signaling institutional buying. Lang and Cramer were fans of both names.

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Other stocks that were net sold include ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI). Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) was also sold by clients after the electric vehicle maker saw its stock hit a new all-time high in the middle of the month.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    ConocoPhillips’ (NYSE:COP) management team has worked tirelessly in recent years to transform the oil company into one that could thrive on lower prices. As a result, itcashed in during the first quarterwhen crude was well above its baseline plan. That strong showing sets the company up for continued success in the coming year — a key theme running through management’s comments on the accompanying conference call, which detailed recent achievements and how they frame what lies ahead.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short rose to 24.44 million from the previous level of 23.91 million. Shares were trading at $64.80, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $67.30.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) is one of the largest midstream companies in North America, and it has major dividend plans between 2018 and 2020. By the end of that period, it expects to increase its dividend from $0.50 per share per year (in 2017) to $1.25. That’s huge dividend growth in a short period of time. But don’t get too enamored by that news; the dividend will still be lower than it was before the midstream oil and gas company’s 75% dividend cut in 2016. If you’re looking for dividend income in the midstream space, take a look at longtime dividend payers ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE:OKE) and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) instead.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is one of the bestmaster limited partnerships (MLPs) around. The oil and refined products pipeline and storage company boasts one of the top credit ratings and financial profiles in the sector. As a result, the company’s 5.6%-yielding distribution is on rock-solid ground.

  • [By Danny Vena, Timothy Green, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose companies they believed would help baby boomers reach their goals. They offered convincing arguments for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ways to make money with oil. Cramer said that the biggest winners from the Trump trade are the oil pipelines and MLPs, like Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. Cramer said deregulation will mean all of the pipeline companies will be able to make more money, and faster, than anyone expected.

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) Q1 2018 Earnings Conference CallMay. 3, 2018 1:30 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
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Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team are detailing their outlook for portfolio energy names Apache (APA) and Cimarex (XEC) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

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    Presto, West Texas Intermediate crude rose 3% to $71.18, the highest since December 2014, boosting shares of oil companies including Occidental (OXY) , which gained 4.8%, Marathon (MRO) , up 3.8%, and Apache (APA) , which gained 2.5%. Spot gasoline also rose 2.7% to $2.17 a gallon, boding ill for the summer driving season in the U.S. and potentially eroding any gains middle-class Americans received from the Trump tax cuts.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped areApache Corporation(NYSE:APA),Magellan Midstream Partners(NYSE:MMP), andGeneral Motors(NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2019: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.