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- The Obama administration announces new oil well control rules aimed at preventing the kind of blowout that happened in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- The regulations announced by the Interior Department tighten requirements for blowout preventers, well design, well control casing, cementing and sub-sea containment, and call for real-time monitoring, third-party reviews of equipment, regular inspections and safe drilling margin requirements.
- The effects will be particularly acute for the Gulf’s top crude oil and gas producers, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A +1.1%), BP (BP -1.6%), Chevron (CVX +0.1%) and Exxon Mobil (XOM +0.4%); XOM says the new rules will cost $25B over 10 years and render many offshore discoveries worthless.
- Offshore drilling stocks are broadly lower on the news: RIG -6.1%, DO -1.4%, ESV -5.1%, RDC -7.3%, NE -5.4%, ATW -9%, SDRL -8.9%, SDLP -4%.
- ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, OIH, XOP, FCG, ERY, GASL, DIG, DUG, BGR, XES, IYE, IEO, FENY, IEZ, PXE, FIF, PXJ, RYE, NDP, GUSH, DRIP, DDG, FXN
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- Oil and gas companies must plan for a "worst case" scenario if oil prices stay lower for longer, ConocoPhillips (COP -2%) Chairman/CEO Ryan Lance told attendees at the IHS CERAWeek Conference.
- Lance says he has withstood six industry downturns and that the market will recover, but he also believes CEOs cannot run their companies based on the idea of oil prices recovering at year-end.
- Companies will need to ensure they maintain the technical capability to run major projects once oil prices recover, and the industry cannot lose its current focus on margins when prices recover, Lance also says.
- ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, OIH, XOP, ERY, FCG, DIG, GASL, DUG, XES, BGR, IYE, IEO, IEZ, FENY, PXE, FIF, PXJ, RYE, NDP, FXN, DDG
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- Crude oil futures settled more than 4% higher on the back of perceived oversold conditions, despite a higher than expected inventory build; March WTI jumped 4.2% to settle at $29.53/bbl after trading as high as $30.25, while Brent surged 4.9% to $29.25.
- Crude prices were supported by the inventory increase in this morning's EIA report, which was less than the API’s report released on Wednesday, says Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group; also, reports of Libyan oil tanks on fire eased speculation that Libya would be exporting more oil soon.
- Also supportive for prices, oil production in the lower 48 states edged lower for the first time in seven weeks, “which is at least ‘less bearish’ for the extremely oversupplied global oil market,” says Tyler Richey of The 7:00’s Report.
- The energy sector is bouncing after hitting a multiyear low yesterday: XOM +1.4%, CVX +2.7%, RDS.A +3.8%, BP +3.7%, TOT +2.3%, STO +4.5%, COP +6.2%, MRO +12.2%, APC +10.3%, OXY +2.1%, EOG +6.4%, PXD +2.7%, APA +8.2%, HES +7%, KMI +15.5%, EPD +3.3%, ETP +6.8%.
- ETFs: UNG, USO, OIL, XLE, UGAZ, UCO, DGAZ, UWTI, VDE, ERX, OIH, SCO, XOP, BNO, BOIL, GAZ, DBO, DWTI, ERY, FCG, DIG, GASL, DTO, DUG, KOLD, BGR, USL, XES, IYE, IEO, UNL, IEZ, DNO, FENY, PXE, PXI, FIF, PXJ, OLO, SZO, NDP, RYE, DCNG, FXN, OLEM, DDG
Wed, Jan. 20, 3:48 PM
- Southwestern Energy (SWN +13.2%) reverses sharp early losses and power to strong gains, as gas-focused E&P companies may be seen as a safe haven for investors seeking energy stocks but are anxious to avoid exposure to crude oil prices near 13-year lows.
- "Gas is actually gives a bit of stability here,” Subash Chandra, managing director of Guggenheim Securities, tells Bloomberg, as gas producers already have adjusted to lower prices and are taking measures to stem a supply glut, similar to the one that crude oil is now navigating.
- Other notable gas-focused gainers today include Chesapeake Energy (CHK +5.8%), EQT Corp. (EQT +3.5%), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG +3.6%), and Range Resources (RRC +7.1%).
- "Gas has absolutely nothing to do with oil,” Oppenheimer's Fadel Gheit says, adding that the equities will advance if nat gas reaches $3.
- ETFs: UNG, UGAZ, DGAZ, BOIL, GAZ, FCG, GASL, KOLD, UNL, DCNG
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- Energy stocks are broadly higher as U.S. crude oil bounces off $30/bbl to end pit trading at $31.22, +2.6%; the SPDR Energy ETF (XLE +5.1%) soars 5%, with 36 of its 40 equity components trading higher, after closing yesterday at its lowest level since September 2010.
- Exxon Mobil (XOM +5.5%) and Chevron (CVX +5.9%) are the Dow's top two gainers; and pipeline companies sport strong showings with Kinder Morgan (KMI +8.2%), Plains All American Pipeline (PAA +11.7%) and Williams Cos. (WMB +27.4%) among the biggest winners.
- Among other major energy movers: ETE +22.6%, BP +7.6%, MRO +7.5%, OXY +7.1%, PBR +7%, COP +7%, RDS.A +6.7%, SE +6.1%, PSX +6.1%, ETP +6.1%, EPD +5.3%, APA +5%, E +4.6%, HES +4.1%, MPC +4.1%.
- Amid overwhelmingly negative sentiment, a few analysts are venturing out to say the worst may be over or nearly so: Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Slok thinks "we now have the worst behind us in terms of the negative impact of falling oil prices on the economy," and Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg argues that the oil selloff is getting “long in the tooth.”
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