Like Gazprom (OTCPK:OGZPY), which I recently covered here, the shares of oil-focused Russian oil giant Lukoil (OTCPK:LUKOY) have struggled to make much headway amidst concerns about production growth, taxation, and geopolitical tensions. That the shares have done about as well as Gazprom and Tatneft (OTCPK:OAOFY) and better than Rosneft (OTC:OJSCY) isn't much comfort, as valuation multiples remain stubbornly low due in part to investors continue to avoid Russian equities.
A long-awaited production ramp in Iraq is now threatened by insurgency and while a partnership with Total (NYSE:TOT) bodes well for the future, the company is still disadvantaged when it comes to growing production via exploration within Russia. I do...
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