Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019

Oil prices turned higher Friday, consolidating recent action and headed for a weekly gain, as global supplies remain tight and the market looks for possible new sanctions against Iran.

Earlier, a stronger dollar was credited with driving down the U.S.-based crude contract.

At last check, June West Texas Intermediate crude oil
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rose 27 cents, or 0.8%, to $68.70 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract is headed for a nearly 0.7% weekly gain, according to FactSet data. International benchmark July Brent
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meanwhile, added 29 cents, or 0.4%, to $73.92 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is one of the best master 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 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.

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  • [By John Bromels]

    Speaking of debt, energy infrastructure MLPs tend to take on high levels of it to fund their large infrastructure development projects. That means taking on additional debt to fund a distribution isn’t always feasible. Luckily, in the case of Magellan and Enterprise, their conservative management teams have kept them at comparatively good debt ratings and low levels of debt relative to their peers:

    Company Debt Rating Debt-to-EBITDA Ratio (TTM)  Debt-to-Adjusted-EBITDA Ratio (TTM)
    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) BBB+/Baa1 3.5 3.3
    Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) BBB+/Baa1 4.3 3.7
    Buckeye Partners BBB-/Baa3 5.0 4.3
    Energy Transfer Partners BBB-/Baa3 5.2 N/A

    Data sources: Company presentations and YCharts. TTM = trailing 12 months.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, MPLX took another step forward in early September after the company and its partners — fellow MLPs Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) as well as refiner Delek US Holdings — secured enough shippers to move ahead with construction on the Permian Gulf Coast Pipeline. The 600-mile pipeline will move crude oil from the Permian to the Texas coast. From there, it will flow into Energy Transfer Partners’ Nederland terminal as well as Magellan Midstream Partners’ East Houston terminal. The partners expect that the system will be in operation by the middle of 2020. It’s a crucial project for the industry since there currently isn’t enough pipeline capacity to move oil out of the Permian.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Matthew DiLallo, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Fortunately for those looking at these attractive valuations, oil’s end-of-days scenario is likely a ways down the road. So we asked three Fool.com contributors to highlight a stock they see in the oil industry right now that looks attractive. Here’s why they picked Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA), Marathon Petroleum (NYSE:MPC), and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP). 

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    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.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    IPG Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund purchased 3,931 shares of the energy producer’s stock, valued at approximately $274,000.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short fell to 11.83 million from the previous 12.60 million. Shares were trading at $71.30, within a 52-week range of $45.65 to $74.73.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The country’s largest oil producers can make money at these prices. What they do with that money, however, has an effect on how analysts view and rate the firms. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Thursday morning dropped its rating on two producers, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), both lowered from Buy to Neutral. On Conoco the analysts cited valuation and on Chevron they cited capital spending and re-contracting risk.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: 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 Joseph Griffin]

    Morgan Stanley set a $19.00 price objective on Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) in a report published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Electra (CURRENCY:ECA) traded 8% higher against the U.S. dollar during the 1-day period ending at 22:00 PM ET on June 20th. In the last week, Electra has traded 12.6% higher against the U.S. dollar. Electra has a market capitalization of $34.87 million and $128,874.00 worth of Electra was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Electra coin can now be purchased for $0.0014 or 0.00000020 BTC on exchanges including Fatbtc, Novaexchange, CoinFalcon and CryptoBridge.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    For top oilfield services picks, Seaport says to keep it simple: Halliburton Co. (HAL) and Hi-Crush Partners LP (HCLP) are the best bets, the firm contends. 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Societe Generale downgraded shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. They currently have $43.00 price target on the oilfield services company’s stock.

  • [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 Watch For 2019: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

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

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Matthew DiLallo, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    While we aren’t prognosticators on crude oil prices, there does appear to be a lot of value in the energy sector at this price level. So we asked three Motley Fool investors to highlight a stock in the sector they like this month. Here’s why they picked Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), Enbridge (NYSE:ENB), and Transocean (NYSE:RIG). 

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

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

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) briefly broke through $1 trillion in valuation, and Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) announced plans to acquire Ocean Rig UDW (NASDAQ:ORIG).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three such companies that look like good buys right now are Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B), Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). Here’s why they may be good picks for your portfolio:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) stunned the oil and gas world in late 2016 by announcing the discovery of the Alpine High play in a long-overlooked spot of the Permian Basin. The company believed that it had uncovered more than 3 billion barrels of oil and even more natural gas, which would drive growth for years to come. However, that growth wouldn’t materialize overnight because Apache first had to build out the infrastructure needed to develop the field from scratch. 

  • [By John Bromels]

    When most people think about oil and gas drillers, they think about integrated majors like ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) or maybe a producer whose name they’ve seen on a gas station, like Hess (NYSE:HES). One most don’t think about is Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). 

  • [By ]

    Now, I haven’t dabbled in U.S. shale oil or in the permian basin since I extracted myself from Apache (APA) several months ago after an epic fight in the name of capital preservation. But The Wall Street Journal ran a piece last week explaining that due to already-mentioned distribution bottlenecks, Permian-basin oil prices had fallen below $60 a barrel despite the fact that WTI futures were trading above $70.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The IEA’s forecast bodes well for oil stocks, especially those that have underperformed during the rally over the past year. Two that stand out are Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) and Apache (NYSE:APA), since both have lost value even though oil has been red-hot. Because of that, they trade at dirt cheap valuations versus their peers. That underperformance doesn’t make sense given the growth these companies can deliver at much lower oil prices.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Apache (NYSE:APA) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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    Big Lots (NYSE:BIG) was upgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a sell rating to a hold rating.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Range Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 46.3371462950661 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Toronto Dominion Bank increased its holdings in Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) by 25.2% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 123,421 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after purchasing an additional 24,839 shares during the period. Toronto Dominion Bank’s holdings in Range Resources were worth $1,794,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    So we asked three of our energy contributors to each highlight a stock they see in the oil and gas industry that would make a great buy today. Here’s why they picked Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE:DO), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC), and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN). 

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Marathon Oil Co. (NYSE:MRO) VP Thomas Mitchell Little sold 117,333 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.69, for a total value of $2,427,619.77. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 394,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,163,632.61. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

  • [By Zacks]

    Oil production is surging in Canada but producers are far from happy as their profit margin is sinking and they are striving to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts. While upstream companies like Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) and others are enjoying the shale boom and rebound in prices in the United States, their Canadian counterparts like Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) and others are thinking of reducing production. The primary reason behind this is the shortage of pipelines in the country. In short, pipeline construction in Canada has failed to keep pace with rising domestic oil production – the heavier sour variety churned out of the oil sands –  resulting in infrastructural bottlenecks. This has also forced producers to give away their products at a discounted rate.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That efficiency was evident in the first quarter when companies like Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) drilled record-breaking wells. In Devon Energy’s case, it completed two of the highest-rate wells ever drilled in the nearly 100-year history of the Delaware Basin. Those wells, when combined with some prolific ones in the STACK shale play, enabled Devon to produce a huge profit in the first quarter. Marathon Oil, meanwhile, drilled record-setting wells in two formations of the Bakken region as well as several high-rate ones in the STACK, which fueled strong profits for the driller in the first quarter. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Marathon Oil Co. (NYSE:MRO) declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, January 30th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 20th will be paid a dividend of 0.05 per share by the oil and gas producer on Monday, March 11th. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 19th.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) put the wraps on a strong year by delivering solid fourth-quarter results, which came in slightly ahead of expectations. With that, the company exceeded its initial growth projection for the year while sticking to its budget, and was thus able to generate and return lots of cash to shareholders. The company expects more of the same in 2019 as its drilling machine aims to continue printing money.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) delivered strong operational and financial results through the third quarter of last year, which had the company on track to end 2018 on a high note. Investors will find out whether that’s the case when the company reports its fourth-quarter results. That’s one of several things they should keep their eye on when reviewing that report.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) gapped up before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $53.25, but opened at $51.53. Whiting Petroleum shares last traded at $52.01, with a volume of 68181 shares.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Friday was a down day on Wall Street, but losses were generally small, and the market closed well above its lowest levels of the session. Initially, investors seemed concerned about further trade tensions between the U.S. and China, but upon further reflection, they appeared to draw comfort from considerable fundamental strength from key sectors of the industrial economy. Even with the overall market recovering from earlier weakness, some stocks still posted substantial declines. Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT), and First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Barclays set a $46.00 price target on Williams Pipeline Partners (NYSE:WPZ) in a research note published on Saturday. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the pipeline company’s stock.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Williams Companies is in the midst of a major transition. It recently agreed to acquire the rest of its MLP, Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ), in a $10.4 billion deal. The pipeline giant is making this acquisition so that it can more easily finance the expansion projects Williams Partners has under development. The transaction would allow it to free up some cash flow and improve its credit metrics, giving it more financial flexibility.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    There’s an interesting dichotomy here, however. Crestwood was looking to stay financially disciplined, but it also needed to invest to grow. Doing both at the same time is difficult, which is why it partnered up with Con Ed in the Marcellus region, Shell Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:SHLX) and First Reserve in the Delaware Basin, and Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) in the Powder River basin. These agreements allow Crestwood to keep expanding its business without having to foot the entire bill for the investments.

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