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- Iraq geopolitical tensions have pushed Brent Crude to break out of its 9-month trading range.
- This is helping US, European Oil & Gas sectors to outperform the wider benchmark indices.
- Value Oil stocks are getting the biggest boost: Noble Corporation, Rosneft, AMEC and Wood Group look attractive.
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Thu, Nov. 20, 11:59 AM
- With crude at $75/bbl - the price Goldman Sachs says will be the average in next year's Q1 - 19 U.S. shale regions including parts of the Eaglebine and Eagle Ford in Texas are no longer profitable, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
- At least a dozen companies including Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR) and SandRidge (NYSE:SD) said on conference calls in the past month that they would reduce capital spending plans because of lower prices; Apache (NYSE:APA) said today it would cut spending in North America by 25% while still increasing production 8%-12% vs. an annual average of 29% since 2009.
- By contrast, the biggest-producing fields - North Dakota's Bakken and the Permian and Eagle Ford in Texas - pump a combined 4.7M bbl/day, and those regions remain economic at $55-$65/bbl.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, XOP, FCG, ERY, DIG, GASL, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, FENY, PXJ, RYE, FXN, DDG
Thu, Nov. 13, 3:20 PM
- U.S. crude oil prices break below $75/bbl for the first time in more than three years, brushing aside an IEA report showing a surprise 1.735M barrel inventory drawdown as well as remarks by the Saudi oil minister dismissing talk of an oil price war among producers.
- West Texas crude settled today at $74.21/bbl, -3.9% and breaking below an important support level; during the past three years, futures have tested but not broken through that level three times.
- Brent crude recently was trading below $78, -3%.
- Global oil majors are all lower: COP -1.9%, BP -1.4%, CVX -1.4%, XOM -1.1%, TOT -0.9%, RDS.A -0.7%.
- Oil services companies and offshore drillers suffer even sharper drops: SDRL -4.4%, SLB -4.2%, HAL -3.9%, BHI -3.9%, RIG -3.8%, DO -3.5%, NBL -2.9%.
- ETFs: USO, XLE, OIL, UCO, ERX, VDE, OIH, SCO, XOP, ERY, DIG, BNO, UGA, DTO, DBO, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, CRUD, IXC, IEZ, PXE, USL, UWTI, IPW, FENY, PXJ, UHN, DWTI, DNO, RYE, FXN, SZO, GNAT, OLO, DDG, FILL, OLEM, TWTI
Tue, Nov. 4, 1:10 PM
- An big outlier to the downside in today's session is the energy sector (XLE -2.4%) as crude oil tumbles another 2.5% to a 3-year low of $76.80 per barrel, and brings heating oil and gasoline along with it.
- As comparison, the S&P 500 is down just 0.4%.
- Now off 21% from its all-time closing high on June 23, the XLE is down 5% YTD, making it the only ETF tracking the 10 benchmark S&P sectors to be in the red in 2014 (the S&P 500 is up 8.4%).
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, XOP, DIG, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, PXE, FENY, PXJ, PSCE, RYE, FXN, DDG
Tue, Oct. 28, 2:59 PM
- Short sellers have targeted oilfield service companies and the ETFs that hold them, as prices for U.S. crude futures have tumbled 25% since the middle of June.
- Shares of components of Market Vectors Global Unconventional Oil & Gas (NYSEARCA:FRAK) have seen a spike in short interest averaging 9% over the past three months, according to Markit; these companies flourished during the three years when oil traded north of $100/bbl, but investors are now worried about their high marginal cost.
- The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSEARCA:OIH) saw its biggest weekly outflow last week, as investors pulled out $209M, or 15% of the fund’s $1.4B in total assets.
- Markit says the most-shorted name in the space is Paragon Offshore (NYSE:PGN), with fully 25% of shares out on loan to short sellers; Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG) has seen short interest jump to 23% of shares outstanding.
- ETFs: XES, IEZ
Thu, Oct. 9, 3:25 PM
- Crushed by relentless anxiety about oversupply and weakening global demand, Nymex crude oil futures closed down $1.54 at $85.76/bbl, their lowest close since Dec. 2012, while Brent crude fell below $90/bbl for the first time in more than two years.
- Including today's losses, WTI crude is down 6.2% since the start of the month and Brent has surrendered ~5%.
- In the face of surging output, a move in WTI below its 10-year average at $82 is not out of the realm of possibility, Brown Brothers Harriman says, adding that "a break of $73/barrel could send WTI toward $64, which corresponds with the 2010 low."
- Among big oil names so far today: APC -6.3%, LINE -4.6%, EPD -3.8%, DVN -3.8%, MRO -3.6%, HES -3.8%, KMI -3.7%, TOT -3.5%, STO -3.3%, RDS.A -3.1%, OXY -3%, KMP -3%, XOM -2.6%, COP -2.6%, MUR -2.6%, CVX -2.5%, BP -2.4%.
- ETFs: USO, XLE, OIL, UCO, ERX, VDE, OIH, SCO, ERY, XOP, DIG, BNO, DTO, DBO, DUG, IYE, XES, IEO, CRUD, IEZ, PXE, USL, UWTI, PXJ, FENY, DNO, DWTI, RYE, FXN, SZO, OLO, DDG, OLEM, TWTI
Tue, Sep. 16, 7:27 PM
- A new study finds that it's not the actual process of fracking that can cause water pollution; the bigger problem is faulty well construction.
- The real concern, according to an analysis published yesterday by the peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are leaks in the steel-and-cement casings surrounding the well bore, which let gas escape before it gets to the surface, making water undrinkable and in some cases explosive.
- "Where contamination occurs, it related strictly to well integrity," says a co-author of the study, who adds, "The answer is not to stop drilling. The fix is better executions on the construction of the well and improving well integrity."
- The study is fueling calls for stricter standards for well construction that could increase costs for energy companies.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, GASL, DUG, IYE, XES, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, DBE, FENY, RJN, RYE, FXN, JJE, DDG, ONG, RGRE, UBN
Thu, Sep. 11, 6:54 PM
- The International Energy Agency lowers its forecast for global oil demand growth for the third month in a row, calling the recent slowdown in demand "nothing short of remarkable."
- The IEA now foresees global oil demand growth of 900K bbl/day in 2014, a decrease of 65K bbl/day vs. last month's forecast and down by 300K bbl/day since July.
- Oil demand growth in Q2 was at its lowest in two and a half years due to economic weakness in Europe and China, a trend the IEA expects will continue to hurt demand; the agency now expects oil demand to rise by 1.2M bbl/day next year, but that's 100K bbl/day less than it forecast last month.
- Saudi Arabia finally appears to be responding to the lower demand outlook, as it cut its oil output by 330K bbl/day last month and appears to have run below 7M bbl/day for the last four months, its lowest level since Sept. 2011.
- ETFs: USO, XLE, OIL, UCO, ERX, VDE, OIH, SCO, ERY, XOP, DIG, BNO, DTO, DBO, DUG, IYE, XES, IEO, CRUD, IEZ, PXE, USL, PXJ, FENY, UWTI, DWTI, DNO, RYE, FXN, SZO, OLO, DDG, OLEM, TWTI
Sat, Jul. 19, 10:10 AM
- The Obama administration yesterday moved closer toward allowing oil and gas drilling off seven Atlantic coast states for the first time in decades, establishing guidelines for seismic testing that would gauge offshore reserves.
- Although geophysical research companies will still have to apply for individual permits to conduct seismic studies in the area, and undergo more environmental scrutiny of their specific plans, the Interior Department's decision opens the door for the activity - and for possible drilling off the U.S. east coast in the 2020s.
- Environmental groups oppose the action, saying tests would pose serious risks to species including sea turtles and some whales, and calling seismic testing “a gateway drug to offshore drilling.”
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, GASL, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, PXE, GASX, PXJ, FENY, RYE, FXN, DDG
Tue, May. 20, 10:27 AM
- Twenty-seven year old Mark Hiduke just raised $100M for his three-week old company, but he's a Texas oilman, not a tech entrepreneur. His Dallas-based PetroCore, LLC received the commitment from a local P-E firm to buy land and drill shale wells.
- “These guys are going to be the poster children of self-made oil and gas tycoons,” says Nathen McEown, a 33-year-old accountant who organizes networking dinners. “Or they could be the poster children of how too much money is chasing deals.”
- Known as "the great crew change," millennials - who for decades have spurned energy for other careers - are flocking back into an industry where 71% of the workforce is aged 50 or older. The University of Oklahoma's energy management program has sextupled in size to 600 over the last decade. "The shale revolution changed everything," says one of its graduates Ryan Watt, whose Addax Minerals has raised about $35M to speculate on oil.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, XOP, DIG, DUG, FRAK, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, RYE, FXN, DDG, USO
Mon, May. 19, 7:17 PM
- Mexico, Iran and other countries that once played hardball with big oil companies are now rolling out the welcome mat, offering generous deals in the hope they will bring capital to stimulate output.
- But it isn't certain the big oil firms will want to return to all those countries, as the economics of the oil business may be changing to favor different kinds of exploration projects elsewhere in the world, WSJ reports.
- The biggest shake-up is coming in Mexico, where production has been falling steadily while rising electricity demand has forced dependency on imported natural gas and sent prices soaring; Total (TOT), Chesapeake (CHK) and Chevron (CVX) have expressed interest in entering the country.
- Iran is considering big changes to its current stringent oil terms, but some analysts say "it will be a slow process to get Western oil companies back to Iran... Iran's reservoirs are prolific, but they are also complex and in poor shape."
- Also, he Ukraine crisis has reinforced the trend in thinking about geopolitical risk as being a big factor.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, GASL, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, IXC, IEZ, GASX, PXE, IPW, PXJ, BARL, PXI, PSCE, FENY, RYE, FXN, GNAT, DDG, IOIL, FILL
Fri, May. 9, 12:23 PM
- The EPA is taking the first formal step toward requiring oil and gas drillers to disclose the content of fluids they use in fracking, saying it will begin to solicit public comment on whether companies should publicly list the chemicals used to extract oil and gas out of the ground.
- Disclosure of the chemicals by companies could be positive for industry if it can allay fears of fracking opponents about toxic chemicals in groundwater, says natural gas consultant Miriam Swydan Erickson.
- Baker Hughes (BHI) said last month that it will spell out all the chemicals it uses in fracking, but many other major companies have said their chemical formulas are proprietary and disclosure could help competitors copy their process.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, FRAK, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, RYE, FXN, DDG
Tue, Apr. 22, 5:15 PM
- Some S&P energy stocks set new 52-week highs today, including Hess (HES), EQT and Baker Hughes (BHI), as the sector begins to catch up to the hype about the U.S. energy renaissance.
- Analysts say oil and gas drillers are just starting to reap the benefits of an ancillary boom in energy-related technology and innovation; RBC Capital sees bullish prospects for rig companies, adding that drillers such as Helmerich & Payne (HP), Patterson-UTI (PTEN) and Nabors Industries (NBR) are best positioned to capitalize on the boom.
- BofA/Merrill's Stephen Suttmeier offers a technical set-up, seeing energy poised for a breakout similar to Oct. 2010, when the sector moved above its 13-, 26- and 40-week relative moving averages and outperformed for another six months.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, FRAK, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, RYE, FXN, DDG
Mon, Apr. 21, 3:28 PM
- Halliburton (HAL +3.2%) shares hit an all-time high as investors look past weather-afflicted Q1 North American profit margins to focus on the company's sunny Q2 forecast of 25% higher earnings with further increases to follow.
- HAL is more dependent on U.S. operations than rival Schlumberger (SLB +1.8%), and a surplus of fracking equipment in the U.S. has driven down prices, but CEO David Lesar said in today's earnings call that growing demand in the Permian basin around Texas is helping to tighten that extra fracking capacity faster than expected; he says HAL won't have any problem filling its fracking calendar through the end of the year.
- For Q2, HAL expects low double-digit percentage revenue improvement and margins to move solidly into the mid-teens.
- HAL is reiterated a Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs, citing better than expected Q1 North American pressure pumping revenues that showed 2% Q/Q growth despite weather interruptions and its view toward strong revenue growth during the remainder of the year.
- HAL makes up a hefty 11.9% of the Market Vectors Oil Service ETF (OIH +1.2%) and 10.4% of the iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ +1.1%).
Sat, Mar. 29, 8:25 AM
- The Obama administration is proposing rules to cut methane emissions at sites from landfills to coal mines, laying the groundwork for regulations that could affect the energy and agriculture industries.
- The first big target is the oil industry, with new Interior Department regulations coming later this year to curb venting and flaring of natural gas at wells on public lands and further air mandates possible from the EPA by 2016.
- The oil industry says energy firms already are taking steps to plug methane leaks and capture natural gas flowing out of oil wells, and that additional regulations "could have a chilling effect on the American energy renaissance."
- Agriculture accounts for 36% of human-related methane produced in the U.S., yet proposals for curbing gas emitted by livestock rely strictly on voluntary measures that are largely already under way.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, KOL, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, FRAK, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, FXN, RYE, DDG
Thu, Mar. 27, 11:55 AM
- Investors are pouring money into energy companies, putting 7x as much into energy sector ETFs as they did last quarter and betting that profits of energy producers rise along with crude oil and natural gas prices.
- Energy collecting new money reflects optimism for a turnaround in companies like Exxon Mobil (XOM), XLE's biggest holding, but the bet may not pay off, as analysts generally foresee lower global oil prices in 2014 and gains in gas.
- ETFs focusing on oil and gas companies have captured 20% of the $10B in net inflows into ETFs this year, after hauling in only 2.5% of fresh money last quarter and 7.7% in all of 2013.
- ETFs: ERX, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, FXN, RYE, DDG
Mon, Mar. 3, 11:35 AM
- The Obama administration imposes new limits on the amount of sulfur in gasoline, overruling the objections of refiners and oil companies who say the new ceiling would be too low and drop too fast.
- Refiners will have until 2017 to comply with a strict new 10-parts-per-million cap, one-third the current sulfur threshold and 97% less than an earlier limit phased out in 2004.
- The oil industry says the standard is both unwarranted and costly, forcing refiners to make ~$10B in investments in energy-intensive hydrotreaters and other equipment to strip more sulfur out of gasoline, in addition to $2.4B in estimated annual compliance costs.
- The EPA also establishes new mandates for automotive tailpipe emissions that track California limits coming online in 2017, a move that will make it easier for U.S. automakers to sell the same car in all 50 states.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, OIH, VDE, ERY, DIG, DUG, XES, IYE, IEZ, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, FXN, RYE, DDG
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