Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now

Oil prices are at their highest levels in three years, and that means that oil companies — both producers like ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and integrated majors like BP (NYSE:BP) — are rolling in the dough right now, in part because of cost-cutting during the price downturn.

And if energy prices stay at these levels, investors should be rewarded handsomely.

But even though a proverbial rising tide may lift all boats (not to mention offshore oil rigs), some companies within a hot sector are going to outperform others.Let’s look at ConocoPhillips and BP to see which one is likely to benefit most from the current energy industry climate — and why.

Top oil companies ConocoPhillips and BP are cashing in on high energy prices. Image source: Getty Images.

Cost-cutting pays off

After the oil price downturn in 2014, companies like Conoco and BP scrambled to cut their costs so they weren’t losing money on the oil (and gas) they pumped. With oil and gas prices rising again, and cost-cutting measures already established, the companies’ margins have fattened considerably. This is particularly true for driller ConocoPhillips, which — unlike integrated BP — doesn’t have profitable refining and marketing operations to fall back on when energy prices go south. These charts show how much impact the oil price collapse had on Conoco’s margins, and how BP skated by comparatively unscathed:

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Max Byerly]

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    A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. TheStreet cut shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Thursday, April 26th. Credit Suisse Group upped their price objective on shares of Helmerich & Payne from $51.00 to $63.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, April 27th. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares raised shares of Helmerich & Payne from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating and upped their price objective for the company from $42.16 to $75.00 in a research report on Friday, March 9th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $58.42.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) CFO Juan Pablo Tardio sold 52,781 shares of Helmerich & Payne stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.44, for a total value of $3,823,455.64. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 25,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,856,492.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

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    The third caller had Boeing (BA) , Helmerich & Payne (HP) , Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) , LAM Research (LRCX) and Steel Dynamics (STLD)  as her top five stocks.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) – Analysts at Jefferies Financial Group issued their Q1 2019 earnings estimates for Helmerich & Payne in a research note issued on Tuesday, June 19th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst B. Handler forecasts that the oil and gas company will post earnings of $0.24 per share for the quarter. Jefferies Financial Group has a “Buy” rating and a $80.00 price objective on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Helmerich & Payne’s Q2 2019 earnings at $0.25 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.43 EPS and Q4 2019 earnings at $0.62 EPS.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Recon Technology, Ltd.(RCON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Media coverage about Recon Technology (NASDAQ:RCON) has been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Recon Technology earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the oil and gas company an impact score of 44.9374991541436 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: ENI S.p.A.(E)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Following the reform, Mexico drew multi-billion dollars' investment. It could lead up to an output of 3 MMBbl/d by the end of the planned period, as predicted by the supporters of the reform. The reform could also bring down electricity rates in the country. So far, Mexico has awarded around 90 contracts, both onshore and offshore. The country raised about $100 billion from the auctions by the end of January. With nine oil and gas blocks, Shell has emerged as the leading player in the auctions held so far. Other winners in the bidding processes include Eni S.p.A. (NYSE: E)of Italy, Inpex of Japan, France's TOTAL S.A. (NYSE: TOT), Chevron and more.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: ENSERVCO Corporation(ENSV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Enservco (NYSEAMERICAN:ENSV) will be issuing its quarterly earnings data before the market opens on Wednesday, May 9th.

    Enservco (NYSEAMERICAN:ENSV) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, March 22nd. The oil and gas producer reported ($0.04) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by ($0.03). Enservco had a negative return on equity of 89.94% and a negative net margin of 43.71%. The business had revenue of $14.13 million during the quarter.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Imperial Oil Limited(IMO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Imperial Oil Ltd (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) saw a significant increase in short interest during the month of June. As of June 15th, there was short interest totalling 11,491,321 shares, an increase of 1.1% from the May 31st total of 11,363,187 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 400,912 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 28.7 days.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Swiss National Bank cut its position in shares of Imperial Oil (NYSEAMERICAN:IMO) (TSE:IMO) by 6.7% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 1,066,300 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 76,100 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank owned approximately 0.13% of Imperial Oil worth $28,203,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: BWX Technologies, Inc.(BWXT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    News coverage about BWX Technologies (NYSE:BWXT) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BWX Technologies earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 44.8987761555585 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Synovus Financial Corp acquired a new stake in shares of BWX Technologies (NYSE:BWXT) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund acquired 1,892 shares of the technology company’s stock, valued at approximately $122,000.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Core Laboratories (NYSE: CLB) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Mammoth Energy Services (NASDAQ: TUSK) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That trend was one of the central themes on the first-quarter conference call of oil-field technology company Core Labs (NYSE:CLB), where CEO David Demshur provided his take for why things are different in the oil market this time around.

  • [By Taylor Muckerman]

    Muckerman: I can go. That’ll work. One company I’m paying close attention to is Core Labs (NYSE:CLB). They’re based out of the Netherlands, but they have their U.S., maybe global, headquarters in Houston. This is a premier company that’s involved in reservoir description and enhancement services. So, when you’re looking at a well, they can basically recreate the well in their lab and tell you exactly what kind of fluid, what kind of proppants, what kind of chemicals, what kind of pressure. They can tell you exactly how to get the most bang for your buck. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth it in the long run. And this company is just continually buying back shares with their money. They generate tons of free cash flow.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) are falling today, down around 10% as of 10:45 a.m. EDT, after the oil-field services specialist revised its guidance for the second quarter and the stock received an analyst downgrade.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Core Laboratories (NYSE: CLB) and North American Construction Group (NYSE:NOA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

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  • [By Jason Hall, Tyler Crowe, and John Bromels]

    If you’re shopping for great buys in the oil patch right now, three Motley Fool contributors think you should take a close look at tech-heavy but asset-light oilfield services providerCore Laboratories N.V.(NYSE:CLB), value-priced independent oil producerApache Corporation(NYSE:APA), and refining giantMarathon Petroleum Corp(NYSE:MPC).

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: World Fuel Services Corporation(INT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [By Shane Hupp]

    World Fuel Services (NYSE:INT) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $38.00.

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Top 10 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, February 26th. The oil and gas company reported $0.06 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.06. CrossAmerica Partners had a return on equity of 4.73% and a net margin of 0.84%. The company had revenue of $552.66 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $572.48 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that CrossAmerica Partners will post 0.24 EPS for the current year.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    CrossAmerica Partners (NYSE:CAPL) – Research analysts at Jefferies Group reduced their FY2018 earnings estimates for CrossAmerica Partners in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 9th. Jefferies Group analyst C. Mandeville now forecasts that the oil and gas company will earn $0.24 per share for the year, down from their previous forecast of $0.32. Jefferies Group currently has a “Buy” rating and a $28.00 target price on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for CrossAmerica Partners’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.07 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.13 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.14 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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