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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019

Fasten your seat belts. Dramatic swings in the oil market may soon become the norm.

After a prolonged period of low prices and relative calm, oil watchers are predicting a surge of volatility following President Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran. Crude has spiked 19% this year, to prices unseen since late 2014.

Taking away Iranian oil — after production cuts by Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Russia — effectively means the margin for error in the market will become razor-thin.

In 2015 and 2016, there was so much supply that crude prices crashed. Now that buffer has been worn down so much that the market is extra-sensitive to geopolitical dangers and other shocks.

But that’s not all. Other powerful drivers are likely to jerk oil prices around, including the resurgent US dollar and a surge in production from Texas shale fields.

“Without a doubt, there are a variety of forces that could upset the balance and move us into a more volatile period,” said Ben Cook, portfolio manager at BP Capital Fund Advisors, an energy investment firm.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Blackrock Global(BOE)

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News coverage about McDermott International (NYSE:MDR) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. McDermott International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 45.977488181263 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wall Street started the week on a muted note on Monday, as major benchmarks generally closed slightly down. Much of the attention among investors was on the bond market, where 10-year Treasury yields rose as high as 2.99%, signaling to some the possibility of much higher financing costs that could punish companies that overextended their balance sheets with debt when rates were much lower. Yet some individual companies had good news that sent their shares higher. McDermott International (NYSE:MDR), Box (NYSE:BOX), and Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Victory Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of McDermott International Inc (NYSE:MDR) in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm acquired 25,347 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock, valued at approximately $154,000.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) shares shot up 15 percent to $6.98 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Premier, Inc.(PINC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Wells Fargo & Company MN raised its position in shares of Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC) by 13.5% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 152,781 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 18,115 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN owned approximately 0.11% of Premier worth $4,783,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC)’s share price hit a new 52-week high on Thursday . The company traded as high as $45.50 and last traded at $45.32, with a volume of 42082 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $44.89.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Premier Inc (NASDAQ:PINC) – Research analysts at KeyCorp decreased their Q1 2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Premier in a research note issued on Tuesday, August 21st. KeyCorp analyst D. Hooker now forecasts that the company will earn $0.58 per share for the quarter, down from their previous estimate of $0.61. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Premier’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.59 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.63 EPS and Q4 2019 earnings at $0.65 EPS.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Jupai (NYSE:JP) and Premier (NASDAQ:PINC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Arrow Electronics, Inc.(ARW)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This award-winning company looks poised to come in strong for the quarter. Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is a worldwide provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its holdings in Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) by 29.7% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 19,225 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 4,405 shares during the quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Arrow Electronics were worth $1,480,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a buy rating to a hold rating. According to Zacks, “Arrow Electronics reported better-than-expected results for first-quarter 2018. The figures also came above the mid-point of the company’s guidance ranges and marked year-over-year improvement. Moreover, the electronic component distributor provided an optimistic guidance for second-quarter 2018. We believe that the company’s core strength in providing best-in-class services and easy-to-acquire technologies should drive growth in the long run. Moreover, the company has secured a significant market share through a broad portfolio of products and services, and continued efforts to maximize consumer satisfaction. Additionally, incremental sales from strategic acquisitions and partnerships are expected to boost the top line. However, an uncertain economic environment, high debt burden and competition remain the concerns. Notably, the stock has outperformed the industry in the last one year.”

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Arrow Global Group PLC (LON:ARW)’s share price reached a new 52-week low during trading on Tuesday . The stock traded as low as GBX 222.50 ($2.90) and last traded at GBX 227.50 ($2.96), with a volume of 220924 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at GBX 226.50 ($2.95).

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Top 5 Low Price Stocks To Buy For 2019: Monsanto Company(MON)

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Starbuck’s Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX) Executive Chair Howard Schultz announced he will depart the company. Many are speculating he will pursue a career in politics and potentially seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. Schultz had previously denied any speculation around a role in government; but his recent comments suggest that “public service” will be a part of his future plans. Gold prices dipped below $1,300 per ounce as markets continue to speculate on the likelihood of additional interest rate hikes in 2018. We believe this is solid buying opportunity for investors. The reason why gold is going to get a nice boost: ongoing trade tensions between the United States and the rest of the globe. Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth provides his insight on where gold prices are heading next and how you can make big gains in the weeks ahead.
    Three Stocks to Watch Today: AAPL, TWTR, SCGLF
    Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is on the verge of becoming the world’s first $1 trillion company. The stock pushed above $192.60 per share in pre-market hours after its first day at the Worldwide Developers Conference. During the event, the company unveiled its new mobile operating system, called iOS 12. The firm also unveiled a suite of tools designed to combat technology addiction. Shares of Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) jumped nearly 4% on news that the social media company is about to join the S&P 500. The company will join on Thursday morning and will replace agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON). The news comes as Monsanto is in the final steps of its merger with German chemical giant Bayer AG (Nasdaq: BAYRY). Shares of Societe Generale SA (ADR) (OTCMKTS: SCGLF) are in focus after the U.S. Justice Department announced the French investment bank will pay $1.3 billion to settle two ongoing legal headaches. The company bribed Libyan officials and manipulated LIBOR, a benchmark interest rate on which most financing is based. Legg Mason Inc. (NYSE: L

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co. (NYSE: MON) is expected to share its most recent quarterly numbers first thing Thursday. Analysts are looking for $0.42 in earnings per share (EPS) and $2.77 billion in revenue. Shares were last seen at $116.78 apiece, in a 52-week range of $104.77 to $122.80. The consensus price target is $125.18.

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    What Buffett Is Buying Now…
    And speaking of the Oracle of Omaha, recent reports on insider activity included news that Buffett recently increased his stake in high-tech farming giant, Monsanto (NYSE: MON).

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    In addition, Corvex Management’s Keith Meister reported owning new significant stakes in Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ( (ICE) ), Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) , Monsanto Co. (MON) , Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) , Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM) and Servicenow Inc. (NOW)

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now

Protect American jobs by getting tough on China.

That’s the underlying idea behind President-elect Donald Trump’s threat of a 45% tariff against China as a ploy to bring jobs back to America.

Before pursuing that strategy, however, Trump might want to check out what happened when his predecessor tried that.

President Obama slapped a stiff 35% tariff on Chinese tires in 2009 after American companies complained about unfair competition. They said China was flooding America with tires at low prices making it tough for U.S. companies to compete. The tire tariff gradually waned, and finally ended in 2012.

The tariff saved 1,200 U.S. tire jobs, which had been in sharp decline. And U.S. tire production rose after a major decline.

“Over a thousand Americans are working today because we stopped a surge in Chinese tires,” Obama said in his 2012 State of the Union address.

But a study from the Peterson Institute of International Economics found that the tariffs cost Americans in many other ways.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.(RAVE)

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    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston
  • [By Rick Rouse]

    Rouse is sticking with his Best Stocks entry for this year’s competition. His selection is Rave Restaurant Group (RAVE), which owns Pie Five Pizza, a fast-casual pizza joint that Rouse thinks is changing the industry with its unique ovens.

    Says Rouse: “The company is on track to open 500 Pie Five locations over the next few years, and we are still in the early innings of this ballgame.” 

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) was down, falling around 18 percent to $1.65. RAVE Restaurant reported a $5 million equity rights offering.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Sun Life Financial Inc.(SLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

     

    Companies Reporting After The Bell
    Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.22 per share on revenue of $5.72 billion.
    Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $5.68 billion.
    The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $1.68 per share on revenue of $14.05 billion.
    Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $441.73 million.
    Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ: JAZZ) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $434.87 million.
    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.89 per share on revenue of $6.38 billion.
    LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (NYSE: LTM) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $2.70 billion.
    Liberty Global plc (NASDAQ: LBTYA) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.02 per share on revenue of $4.05 billion.
    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.16 per share on revenue of $362.11 million.
    The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.1 per share on revenue of $379.98 million.
    A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRK) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.06 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion.
    Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ: MNST) is estimated to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $849.38 million.
    Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.4 per share on revenue of $670.10 million.
    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is projected to post quarterly earnings at $0.7 per share on revenue of $875.91 million.
    KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) is expected to post quarterly earnings at $0.76 per share on revenue of $923.13

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus. The 52-week trading range is $25.31 to $39.87. The consensus price target is $39.48. The shares closed at $38.65, so this could be a valuation call.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: GlaxoSmithKline PLC(GSK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Up first on our list of potentially toxic trades is $98 billion healthcare stock GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) . GSK has actually been an attractive name to own lately. Shares are up about 10.6% since bottoming back in December, besting the S&P over that timeframe. But if you own GlaxoSmithKline, now’s the time to start thinking about taking some of those recent gains off the table — shares are looking “toppy” this spring.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    GlaxoSmithKline’s (NYSE:GSK) launch of Shingrix,a new shingles vaccine that contains a proprietary booster licensed from Agenus, is progressing well, with first-quarter sales topping $150 million.A second vaccine aimed at malaria could be on the way, as well.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    Donald Trump understands how regulation harms both businesses and consumers, discouraging innovation and raising costs. In a recent news conference, he pledged to “cut regulations by 75%, maybe more.”  This is good news indeed for drug companies like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

  • [By Keith Speights]

    There are several choices for investing in HIV drug stocks. Three of the best options for long-term investors are Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), and Merck (NYSE:MRK). Here’s why these HIV drug stocks could be solid picks in 2017.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Also, like in hepatitis C, competitors are attempting to win away market share. For example,ViiV Healthcare, a joint venture spearheaded by GlaxoSmithKline(NYSE:GSK), is actively pursuing new HIV therapies that could make it more difficult for Gilead Sciences to maintain its market share dominance. In December, ViiV announced that a single tablet, two-drug combination that includes Johnson & Johnson’s Edurant met its primary endpoint in phase 3 studies. A filing for FDA approval is slated for this year.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    FDx Advisors Inc. cut its position in shares of GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) by 24.7% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 92,124 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 30,211 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in GlaxoSmithKline were worth $3,599,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Pioneer Energy Services Corp.(PES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE:PES) Director C John Thompson sold 6,666 shares of Pioneer Energy Services stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $4.25, for a total transaction of $28,330.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 41,818 shares in the company, valued at approximately $177,726.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: Patterson Companies, Inc.(PDCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) has been around since 1877; it’s a strong player in human dental health services and a big distributor of animal-health-related products. With around 140 years of history behind it, Patterson knows how to survive times of war and economic turmoil, which should give you reason to believe it will be around for some time to come.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The three top dividend stocks in the dentistry industry are Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO), Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), and Danaher (NYSE:DHR). But two of these, Zimmer Biomet and Danaher, pay out only small dividends.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ: PDCO) dropped about 7.9% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $32.07 after closing at $34.82 on Monday. The 52-week high is $48.30. Volume was around 5 million, more than three times the daily average of around 1.6 million. The distributor of dental and animal health care products missed earnings and revenues estimates this morning.

Hot Low Price Stocks To Watch Right Now: McDermott International, Inc.(MDR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Shares of engineering and construction firm McDermott International (NYSE:MDR) are up 16.5% as of 10:45 a.m. EDT today. The move comes after McDermott’s board rejected a buyout offer from fellow oil and gas engineering and construction firm Subsea 7 (NASDAQOTH:SUBCY).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Valeritas Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: VLRX) shares jumped 17 percent to $3.65.
    Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD) shares rose 13.5 percent to $11.70.
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) gained 11.6 percent to $6.75 after the UK-based offshore oil service company Subsea 7 made an unsolicited bid to buy McDermott for $7 per share. However, the acquisition offer is contingent on McDermot terminating its pending merger with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
    Nautilus, Inc. (NYSE: NLS) shares jumped 11.2 percent to $14.95. Nautilus is expected to release Q1 results on May 7, 2018. Craig-Hallum initiated coverage on Nautilus with a Buy rating and a $19.00 price target.
    GEE Group, Inc. (NYSE: JOB) shares gained 11 percent to $2.2199.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) surged 10.8 percent to $4.50.
    Foresight Autonomous Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: FRSX) rose 10.1 percent to $3.39.
    Stars Group Inc. (NASDAQ: TSG) climbed 9.6 percent to $32.10. Stars Group Inc (NASDAQ: TSG) announced plans to acquire Sky Betting & Gaming for $4.7 billion.
    Insmed Incorporated (NASDAQ: INSM) shares jumped 9.1 percent to $25.66. Credit Suisse upgraded Insmed from Neutral to Outperform.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) rose 8.4 percent to $75.65 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and raised its FY18 earnings outlook.
    Command Security Corporation (NYSE: MOC) shares gained 6.4 percent to $3.0960 after the company disclosed a $23 million five-year contract with LaGuardia Gateway Partners for LaGuardia Airport New Central Terminal Building.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 6.2 percent to $2.41 after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.7 percent to $69.31. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash.
    Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) gained 4.9 percent to $18.035. Stifel Nicolaus upgraded Hanesbrands from Hold to Buy.
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  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.51 per share on revenue of $14.62 billion.
    The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $7.31 billion.
    Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.07 per share on revenue of $11.93 billion.
    Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $31.22 billion.
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.42 per share on revenue of $11.28 billion.
    The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $3.15 per share on revenue of $3.94 billion.
    Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $5.92 per share on revenue of $3.15 billion.
    3M Company (NYSE: MMM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.52 per share on revenue of $8.26 billion.
    JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.2 per share on revenue of $1.75 billion.
    Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.13 per share on revenue of $5.49 billion.
    Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.88 per share on revenue of $1.25 billion.
    Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.3 per share on revenue of $2.50 billion.
    Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.88 per share on revenue of $13.28 billion.
    The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.77 per share on revenue of $6.75 billion.
    Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $2.16 billion.
    PACCAR Inc (NASDAQ: PCAR) is projected to

Oil And Gas Stock Roundup: Chevron, McDermott, National Oilwell Varco And More

It was a week where both oil and natural gas finished higher.

On the news front, U.S. supermajor Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) gave its go-ahead to the $5.1 billion second stage of its massive Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia, while oilfield service providers McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) and National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV) provided first-quarter operational updates.

Overall, it was a good week for the sector. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained around 8.6% to close at $67.39 per barrel, while natural gas prices rose 1.3% to $2.735 per million Btu (MMBtu).

The U.S. oil benchmark settled at a three-year high last week on renewed geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and reports of strong OPEC compliance with the supply pact.

Crude literally took off following news of U.S.-led military strike against Syria and gained further when Saudi Arabia claimed to have intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni rebels.

Apart from the geopolitical risk premium, the commodity was also supported by a bullish ‘Oil Market Report' by energy consultative body IEA. The agency, in its April publication, said that OPEC and its allies have been largely successful in erasing the global oil stock surplus through their high compliance rates on production curbs.

Natural gas prices also moved northward last week following a larger-than-expected decrease in supplies. Investors were further encouraged by unseasonal winter-like weather that might lead to the fuel's strong demand and push back the commencement of the injection season.

Recap of the Week's Most Important Stories

1. Chevron finally announced its intention to proceed with the second stage of its multibillion dollar Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia's north-west coast. While Chevron is the chief operator of Gorgon LNG project holding 47.3% stake, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell own 25% interest each.

Gorgon LNG project is the largest single resource project in Australia, dealing with the delivery of natural gas to international and domestic customers. The $69 billion project is one of the costliest energy projects, employing more than 10,000 people to construct the processing facility at Barrow Island. The Gorgon LNG project has a shipment capacity of 15.6 million metric tons per year.

The second stage of the project involves a capital investment of around $5.1 billion. The investment in the second stage of the project would fit within Chevron's planned annual investment of $18-$20 billion through 2020. Apart from leading to creation of jobs and boosting the local economy, the expansion of the project is likely to boost the domestic supply of gas from 200 terajoules (TJ) to about 300 TJ a day.

2. McDermott International recently provided encouraging first-quarter 2018 operational update, while reaffirming its guidance for the whole year. The company thanked solid backlog conversation in its operational areas along with successful execution of its cost-saving plans for the positives. Following the news, the stock jumped 6.7%.

The company expects its top line for the Jan-Mar quarter to be in the range of $600-$610 million, much higher than the year-ago figure of $519.4 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate shows revenues to be $590.8 million. Moreover, McDermott expects its EPS for the quarter to be in the range of 10-12 cents.

Per McDermott, cost saving efforts like the Fit2Grow initiative played crucial roles in this quarter. The Fit2Grow initiative alone helped the company in generating $15 million in savings. Moreover, McDermott expects its operating margin in the quarter to be in the range of 10-10.7%.

McDermott also reaffirmed its preliminary 2018 guidance, issued on Feb 21. The Houston, TX-based service provider expects its full-year revenues to be in the range of $3.1-$3.3 billion. Moreover, the company anticipates its EBITDA to be within the $340-$365 million range. Additionally, net income is anticipated to be approximately between $120 and $145 million. The company foresees its free cash flow to range within $195-$235 million. The EPS is estimated to lie between 42 cents and 52 cents.

3. National Oilwell Varco slumped 7.2% yesterday after it warned investors that the company's first-quarter 2018 revenues are expected to miss expectations, which will be reported on Apr 26, after the market closes.

The company's revenue prediction of $1.8 billion for the January-March period reflects 3.4% year-over-year decline and is below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.943 billion. Moreover, the company expects all three of its segments to report lower sales sequentially. National Oilwell's adjusted EBITDA is now anticipated to reach about $160 million.

The company blamed new offshore rig construction's lowered progress as well as client-associated equipment deferrals for decline in its revenues. The delay from customers is expected to push the remaining revenues to later quarters. Moreover, the sequential shipments of subsea production equipment declined during the end of the quarter, hurting National Oilwell's top line in the period. 

4. Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE: VET), an oil and gas producing company, has agreed to acquire its rival Spartan Energy Corp. in a C$1.4 billion ($1.11 billion) deal. The transaction is expected to enable Vermilion Energy to boost its North American light oil production. Notably, annual production of Spartan Energy is expected around 23,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boe/d) this year, of which 91% is oil.

Should the deal go through Calgary, Canada-based Vermilion Energy. Apart from increasing its hold in the region with 480,000 acres of light oil producing property, it will add low decline assets to Vermilion Energy's portfolio, which holds huge investment opportunities in the future. The additional production from the acquisition is expected to help Vermilion Energy reach its revised 2018 output guidance of 86,000-90,000 Boe/d. Moreover, proved and probable reserves of 113.5 million barrels will be added to Vermilion Energy's portfolio. The company increased its capital budget to C$430 million following the acquisition from C$325 million earlier.

Additionally, operational synergies from the deal are expected to benefit Vermilion Energy in a tough energy environment in Canada, where lack of infrastructure is currently leading to discounted, and volatile pricing for crude and gas.

5. TOTAL S.A. (NYSE: TOT) made full utilization of its financial strength to acquire several assets in the Gulf of Mexico region from the Cobalt International Energy's bankruptcy auction sale. TOTAL made an offer of $300 million to acquire 20% interest in the North Platte discovery, 20% stake in Anchor discovery and operation rights in 13 offshore exploration blocks.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the above transfer of rights to TOTAL on Apr 5, 2018. Thanks to this decision, TOTAL's interest in the North Platte discovery moves up to 60%, making it the operator of the discovery, with Statoil ASA holding the remaining 40%. In the Anchor discovery, TOTAL increases its interest to 32.5%. This discovery is being operated by Chevron, holding 55% interest.

TOTAL's U.S. exploration and production operation holds a very important position in its global combined liquids and gas production mix. TOTAL at present targets to increase its 2018 upstream production by 6% from 2017 levels, and higher production volumes from the United States will help the company meet its production targets.

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