Firm sees near-term opportunity for natural gas-weighted E&Ps

Long-term natural gas prices will increase in value, and oil and gas producers are operating in a trough gas price environment, Prime Executions says as it recommends investors start building positions in natural gas weighted E&Ps during H2 2014 and sees the relative value proposition shifting in favor of natural gas over 2015 and beyond (

Buy-rated stocks are the highest-percentage dry gas production and reserve weighted companies with the lowest balance sheet leverage and leanest cost structure, the firm says.

EQT (EQT -0.2%), Rice Energy (RICE -2.3%) and WPX (WPX -2.3%) are initiated with Buy ratings, while Ultra Petroleum (UPL -0.2%) is started at Hold and Bill Barrett (BBG -5.3%) is tagged with a Sell rating.

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