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Interested in gaining exposure to oil & gas companies? Are you after stocks that analysts are calling 'buy' or 'strong buy'? Do you prefer stocks that can bring in profits over the long term? We ran a screen you might find helpful.

EPS growth (earnings per share growth) illustrates the growth of earnings per share over time. The 5-Year Expected EPS Growth Rate is a long-term annual growth estimate, where the growth projections are made by analysts, the company or other credible sources.

We first looked for oil & gas stocks. We next screened for businesses that analysts rate as "Buy" or "Strong Buy" (mean recommendation < 3). We then screened for businesses with projected high growth, measured by 5-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We did not screen out any market caps.

Do you think these stocks have more value to price in? Use our screened list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1) Berry Petroleum Co. (NYSE:BRY)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$2.07B
Beta:2.19

Berry Petroleum Co. has an Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 34.50%. The short interest was 10.18% as of 05/24/2012. Berry Petroleum Company, an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploitation, exploration, production, and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States.

The company's principal reserves and producing properties are located in California, Texas, Utah, and Colorado. As of December 31, 2011, the company had working interests in 2,867 net productive oil wells and 282 net productive natural gas wells; and proved undeveloped reserves of 130.1 million barrels of oil equivalent.

2) EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$27.17B
Beta:1.11

EOG Resources, Inc. has an Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 35.76%. The short interest was 1.27% as of 05/24/2012. EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas primarily in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the People's Republic of China, and the Argentine Republic.

As of December 31, 2011, EOG Resources had a total estimated net proved reserves of 2,054 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe), of which 517 million barrels (MMBbl) were crude oil and condensate reserves, and 228 MMBbl were natural gas liquids reserves; and 7,851 billion cubic feet were natural gas reserves. The company held approximately 572,000 net acreage position in the oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale Play near San Antonio, Texas.

3) Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (NYSEMKT:GST)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$124.25M
Beta:1.49

Gastar Exploration, Ltd. has an Analysts' Rating of 2.20 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 53.70%. The short interest was 5.63% as of 05/24/2012. Gastar Exploration Ltd., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil in the United States. It focuses on the unconventional reserves, such as shale resource plays.

As of December 31, 2011, the company had interests in the Marcellus Shale assets in West Virginia and Pennsylvania of approximately 43,400 gross (19,900 net) acres; approximately 63,000 gross (56,200 net) acres in Preston, Tucker, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Pendleton counties in West Virginia; and leases covering approximately 41,100 gross (21,900 net) acres in the Bossier play in the Hilltop area of east Texas in Leon and Robertson counties.

4) GeoResources, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEOI)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$912.68M
Beta:1.42

GeoResources, Inc. has an Analysts' Rating of 2.50 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 31.60%. The short interest was 10.75% as of 05/24/2012. GeoResources, Inc., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and related products primarily in Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Montana, and Colorado.

The company primarily focuses on developing acreage positions in the Bakken shale trend of North Dakota and Montana, and the Eagle Ford trend of Texas. As of March 9, 2012, it held approximately 54,700 net acres in the Bakken shale trend and 23,600 net acres in the Eagle Ford shale trend.

5) Plains Exploration & Production Company (NYSE:PXP)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$4.64B
Beta:1.55

Plains Exploration & Production Company has an Analysts' Rating of 1.90 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 31.00%. The short interest was 2.91% as of 05/24/2012. Plains Exploration & Production Company, an independent oil and gas company, primarily engages in acquiring, developing, exploring, and producing oil and gas properties in the United States.

The company owns oil and gas properties with principal operations in onshore California, offshore California, the Gulf Coast region, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Rocky Mountains. As of December 31, 2011, the company had estimated proved reserves of 410.

6) Enduro Royalty Trust (NYSE:NDRO)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$608.52M
Beta:-

Enduro Royalty Trust has a Analysts' Rating of 2.40 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 35.85%. The short interest was - as of 05/24/2012. Enduro Royalty Trust focuses on acquiring and owning a net profits interest representing the right to receive an 80% of the net profits from the sale of oil and natural gas production from certain properties located in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico held by Enduro Resource Partners LLC. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Austin, Texas. Enduro Royalty Trust is a subsidiary of Enduro Resource Partners LLC.

7) Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ:CRZO)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$976.83M
Beta:2.01

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 1.70 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 28.00%. The short interest was 18.25% as of 05/24/2012. Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The company holds interest in crude oil and liquids plays in the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas; the Niobrara Formation in Colorado; the Utica Shale in Ohio and Pennsylvania; and the Huntington Field in the U.K.

8) Gulfport Energy Corp. (NASDAQ:GPOR)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$1.06B
Beta:2.40

Gulfport Energy Corp. has an Analysts' Rating of 1.90 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 56.00%. The short interest was 5.44% as of 05/24/2012. Gulfport Energy Corporation engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties.

The company's principal properties are located in the Louisiana Gulf Coast, in west Texas in the Permian Basin and in western Colorado in the Niobrara Formation. The company also holds acreage position in the Alberta oil sands in Canada; and interests in entities that operate in southeast Asia, including the Phu Horm gas field in Thailand, as well as leasehold interests in the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio. As of December 31, 2011, it had 19.

9) Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$2.46B
Beta:-

Oasis Petroleum Inc. has an Analysts' Rating of 2.10 and 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.67%. The short interest was 7.88% as of 05/24/2012. Oasis Petroleum Inc., an independent exploration and production company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas resources in the Montana and North Dakota regions of the Williston Basin. The company's primary project areas include West Williston, East Nesson, and Sanish. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 78.

*Company profiles were sourced from Finviz. Financial data was sourced from Google Finance and Yahoo Finance.

Source: 9 High Growth Oil & Gas Stocks That Analysts Rate As Buy Or Strong Buy