Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019

Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) is back.

Publicly, the energy pipeline master limited partnership (MLP) issued guidance calling for distributable cash flow (DCF) of $4.6 billion in 2018 or $2.05 per share. Quietly, it has been telling stockholders that the numbers were tracking ahead of expectations. 

Well, the official count is now in. The company indeed beat the mark, generating $4.73 billion in DCF or $2.12 per share. That’s within two cents of the record high of $2.14 set in 2015. So for all intents and purposes, it has made a full recovery. Yet back then, KMI shares commanded a price north of $40. Today, they are still well below $20. That’s difficult to reconcile.

Clearly, many investors haven’t forgiven Kinder Morgan for its forced dividend cut in late 2015 as the bottom fell out of the oil market and many midstream partnerships suffered a liquidity crunch. But those days are long gone — distributions were hiked 60% last year, and management is aiming for a 25% encore both this year and next.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, the company continues to find needle-moving expansion projects, having recently unveiled the development of the Permian Highway Pipeline Project. Kinder Morgan is developing the $2 billion natural gas pipeline with private equity-backed EagleClaw Midstream and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). It’s a follow-up to the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (CGX), which is a $1.75 billion gas pipeline it’s building with two other midstream companies and Apache. Kinder Morgan has already started work on GCX, which should be in service by October 2019, while PHP could follow a year later if the company gives it the green light. These projects will help offset some of the growth it will lose by selling Trans Mountain.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Teacher Retirement System of Texas decreased its stake in Apache Co. (NYSE:APA) by 17.4% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 84,391 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 17,824 shares during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas’ holdings in Apache were worth $3,247,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [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 Max Byerly]

    Ramsay Stattman Vela & Price Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Apache Co. (NYSE:APA) in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund purchased 4,704 shares of the energy company’s stock, valued at approximately $220,000.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) is another oil producer built for $50 oil. At that level, Marathon can generate enough cash to grow its U.S. oil production 25% to 30% this year, while at $60 oil, the company can produce $500 million in free cash — and even more at current prices. Marathon Oil has a range of options for that money, including buying back shares, boosting the dividend, paying off debt, or acquiring more drillable land.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) is another oil company built to thrive at lower oil prices. At $50 oil, Marathon can generate enough cash to grow production at a 10% to 14% annual pace for the next several years while living within cash flow. At $60 oil, Marathon’s plan would generate about $500 million in free cash flow. With oil above that level even after the recent OPEC chatter, Marathon is on pace to produce a windfall of excess cash this year. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Melrose Industries (LON:MRO) had its price target upped by Barclays to GBX 260 ($3.39) in a research report report published on Monday. They currently have an overweight rating on the stock.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The second expansion track the company took was the acquisition of a 70% interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project from Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). The company paid CA$12.74 billion ($9.9 billion) in cash and stock for this world-class oil sands mining asset, which was less than the cost of building a similar project. The sale enabled Shell and Marathon to get some cash to pay down debt, while the transaction added two mines to Canadian Natural Resources’ portfolio that have the capacity to produce 280,000 BPD. In addition, the company picked up a stake in a 100,000 BPD expansion project and acquired several other oil sands leases from Shell and Marathon, two of which were producing an average of 13,800 BPD.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-four brokerages that are covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.52.

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

    According to three Motley Fool contributors, there are still ample opportunities to profit in the oil and gas segment as some left-behind subsectors start to catch up to the higher price trend. Three in particular that are well-positioned going forward are Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG), National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE:NOV), and Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN).  

  • [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). 

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Aristotle Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 4.9% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 4,886,928 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after purchasing an additional 230,408 shares during the quarter. Aristotle Capital Management LLC owned 0.56% of Halliburton worth $229,392,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. decreased its position in shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 2.9% during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 43,482 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after selling 1,312 shares during the period. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc.’s holdings in Halliburton were worth $2,035,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had another topsy-turvy day, with various major benchmarks moving in different directions from each other. The worst losses came for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, which was down largely on worries about social media companies and the potential for government regulation of their operations. Elsewhere, though, a few indexes actually managed to post gains, with investors overcoming anxiety on trade and instead focusing on favorable business fundamentals. Some troubling news affecting certain high-profile individual stocks weighed on the overall market. RH (NYSE:RH), Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2019: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Zacks]

    Moreover, BP opened 100 retail sites in the country in 2017 and plans to open 1,400 more by 2021. The largest publicly traded oil company, ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) opened its gas stations in Mexico in December, while one of the world's biggest independent oil producers – ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) – showed interest in Mexico, post-reform.

  • [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 been one of the best-performing oil stocks of 2018, up nearly 30% year to date, easily outpacing the less than 4% return of the S&P 500. Meanwhile, shares are up almost 64% in the past year, smashing the 14% gain by the broader market. And despite its impressive outperformance, we “still see upside potential for our shares,” according to CEO Ryan Lance. The company is backing up that statement, too, by significantly expanding its share buyback program. Those buybacks could give the oil giant’s stock the fuel it needs to continue its market-crushing run.

  • [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.

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