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Interested in oil & gas drilling stocks? To help give you ideas where to look, we focused today on companies with strong expected growth ahead. We narrowed our search to companies that analysts have rated positively recently. You might be interested in the list we came up with. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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 then looked for companies that analysts rate as "Buy" (2 < mean recommendation < 3). We then screened for businesses with estimated high-growth, with 5-year projected EPS growth above 25%. We did not screen out any market caps.

Do you think these stocks hold solid value? Use our list to help with your own analysis.

1) Gulfport Energy Corp. (GPOR)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$1.01B
Beta:2.43

Gulfport Energy Corp. has a Analysts' Rating of 1.80, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 56.00%. The short interest was 5.97% as of 06/12/2012. Gulfport Energy Corporation engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its 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.

2) Enduro Royalty Trust (NDRO)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$531.30M
Beta:-

Enduro Royalty Trust has a Analysts' Rating of 2.40, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 35.85%. The short interest was 0.08% as of 06/12/2012. 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.

3) Gastar Exploration, Ltd. (GST)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$109.13M
Beta:1.50

Gastar Exploration, Ltd. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.20, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 53.70%. The short interest was 5.69% as of 06/12/2012. 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) Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (CRZO)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$816.93M
Beta:2.05

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 1.80, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 28.00%. The short interest was 18.53% as of 06/12/2012. 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.

5) Oasis Petroleum Inc. (OAS)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$2.30B
Beta:-

Oasis Petroleum Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.10, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.67%. The short interest was 7.65% as of 06/12/2012. 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.

6) Resolute Energy Corporation (REN)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$554.36M
Beta:0.54

Resolute Energy Corporation has a Analysts' Rating of 2.00, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 26.80%. The short interest was 15.76% as of 06/12/2012. Resolute Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States. It primarily holds interests in the Aneth Field properties that cover approximately 43,000 gross acres on the Navajo Reservation in southeast Utah. The company' producing properties are located in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming; the Bakken shale trend of the Williston Basin in North Dakota; and the Permian Basin of Texas.

7) GeoResources, Inc. (GEOI)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$965.48M
Beta:1.39

GeoResources, Inc. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.50, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 31.60%. The short interest was 10.72% as of 06/12/2012. 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.

8) Range Resources Corporation (RRC)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$9.11B
Beta:0.54

Range Resources Corporation has a Analysts' Rating of 2.30, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 27.44%. The short interest was 6.87% as of 06/12/2012. Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLS), and oil company. It engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Appalachian and southwestern regions of the United States. The company drills and produces shale tight gas, coal bed methane, conventional natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia of the Appalachian region.

9) Berry Petroleum Co. (BRY)

Sector:Basic Materials
Industry:Independent Oil & Gas
Market Cap:$2.04B
Beta:2.18

Berry Petroleum Co. has a Analysts' Rating of 2.00, and a 5-Year Projected Earnings Per Share Growth Rate of 29.00%. The short interest was 8.75% as of 06/12/2012. 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. Its 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.

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

Source: 9 Oil And Gas Drillers With Strong Expected Growth On The Horizon