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  • Yesterday, 12:58 PM
    • Crude oil at $30/bbl is blowing a hole in the insurance that U.S. shale drillers bought to protect themselves against a crash, Bloomberg reports.
    • Companies including Callon Petroleum (CPE -5.6%), Noble Energy (NBL -3.5%), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD -3.6%), Marathon Oil (MRO -8%), Rex Energy (REXX -1.8%) and Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI -11.4%) used a three-way hedge strategy that does not guarantee a minimum price if oil falls below a certain level; while three-ways can be cheaper than other hedges, they leave drillers exposed to sharp declines and risk worsening a cash shortfall for companies trying to survive the worst oil crash in 30 years.
    • For example, CPE CFO Joseph Gatto told investors in December that the company had hedged ~4K bbl/day in 2016, or 40% of its projected output, at $56/bbl; roughly half of those contracts are worth significantly less at $30/bbl because CPE employed three-ways.
    | Yesterday, 12:58 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jan. 28, 9:23 AM
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 9:23 AM | 16 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 22, 9:21 AM
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  • Thu, Jan. 21, 3:49 PM
    • 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
    | Thu, Jan. 21, 3:49 PM | 116 Comments
  • Fri, Jan. 15, 9:29 AM
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  • Thu, Jan. 14, 3:26 PM
    • 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.”
    • ETFs: USO, OIL, XLE, UCO, UWTI, VDE, ERX, OIH, SCO, XOP, BNO, DBO, DWTI, ERY, FCG, DIG, GASL, DTO, DUG, BGR, USL, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, DNO, FENY, PXE, PXI, PXJ, FIF, OLO, SZO, NDP, RYE, FXN, OLEM, DDG
    | Thu, Jan. 14, 3:26 PM | 89 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 12, 2:51 PM
    • Morgan Stanley lowers its E&P sector outlook to In-Line to reflect a “more protracted recovery that drives lower production and increases leverage," adding that a nearly 50% downside can be expected before the group becomes cheap.
    • Resilient U.S. production even under lower oil prices coupled with international production growth are expected to extend oil’s trough through 2016, the firm says.
    • Stanley downgrades Marathon Oil (MRO -7.8%), Encana (ECA -6.7%) and Canadian Natural Resources to Equal Weight (CNQ -4.7%), and cuts Whiting Petroleum (WLL -13.7%) to Underweight from Equal Weight; the firm cuts its price target for MRO to $10 from $29, ECA to C$5.50 from C$10, CNQ to C$30 from C$45, and WLL to $4 from $23.
    • Earlier: Morgan Stanley: Oil to sink further thanks to strong dollar (Jan. 11)
    | Tue, Jan. 12, 2:51 PM | 24 Comments
  • Dec. 30, 2015, 12:46 PM
    • Hit hard two days ago as oil fell below $37/barrel, oil/gas industry names are seeing more pain today after the EIA reported U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.6M barrels last week - expectations were for a decline. The report comes shortly after the API estimated U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.9M barrels during the most recent weekly period.
    • After rising yesterday, WTI crude is down 3.1% to $36.71/barrel. Brent crude is down 2.9% to $36.69/barrel. Nymex natural gas is down 7.3% to $2.20/MMBtu.
    • The biggest decliners include Chesapeake Energy (CHK -4.1%), Petrobras (PBR -4.1%), Linn Energy (LINE -7.5%), Gulfport Energy (GPOR -5.2%), SeaDrill (SDRL -5.5%), MV Oil Trust (MVO -4.5%), EV Energy Partners (EVEP -6.7%), and Southwestern Energy (SWN -5.7%).
    • Other notable decliners include Hercules Offshore (HERO -5.2%), Marathon Oil (MRO -4%), Devon Energy (DVN -4.4%), Encana (ECA -4.1%), Range Resources (RRC -4.7%), Sandridge Mississippian Trust (SDR -4%), Newfield Exploration (NFX -3.8%), BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (BPT -3.1%), Enerplus (ERF -3.9%), and ONEOK Partners (OKS -2.5%).
    • ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, OIH, XOP, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, IEO, FENY, PXE, FIF, PXJ, NDP, RYE, FXN, DDG, DRIP, GUSH
    | Dec. 30, 2015, 12:46 PM | 68 Comments
  • Dec. 28, 2015, 11:45 AM
    • WTI crude is down 3.2% to $36.90/barrel, and Brent crude down 2.5% to $36.95/barrel, leaving prices close to 11-year lows. Energy industry firms are among the biggest decliners on a day the S&P is down 0.6%.
    • Fears about excess supply appear to be weighing once more. OPEC figures point to a global oil supply glut of more than 2M barrels (over 2% of global demand); a smaller glut is expected next year. Meanwhile, Japanese government data indicates the country's oil product sales fell to a 46-year low in November, and European data suggests the continent's oil product demand growth turned negative in October.
    • The biggest casualties include Whiting Petroleum (WLL -9.9%), Oasis Petroleum (OAS -8.2%), Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR -12.5%), Denbury Resources (DNR -8%), SandRidge Energy (SD -8.1%), SandRidge Permian Trust (PER -10.9%), SandRidge Mississippian Trust (SDT -7.5%), U.S. Silica (SLCA -6.2%), Marathon Oil (MRO -6.7%), C&J Energy Services (CJES -8.1%), MV Oil Trust (MVO -9.2%), Bonanza Creek (BCEI -6.4%), Parker Drilling (PKD -7.9%), and Continental Resources (CLR -5.9%).
    • Other notable decliners include Kinder Morgan (KMI -5%), Williams Partners (WPZ -4.4%), EOG Resources (EOG -3.4%), Cheniere Energy (CQP -3.6%), SeaDrill (SDRL -3.5%), Encana (ECA -2.8%), Devon Energy (DVN -2.7%), Ensco (ESV -3.8%), Hercules Offshore (HERO -4.7%), Atwood Oceanics (ATW -4.9%), Helmerich & Payne (HP -3.8%), and Pioneer Natural (PXD -2.6%).
    • ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, OIH, XOP, ERY, DIG, DUG, BGR, IYE, IEO, FENY, PXE, FIF, PXJ, NDP, RYE, FXN, DDG, DRIP, GUSH
    | Dec. 28, 2015, 11:45 AM | 109 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 5:41 PM
    | Dec. 15, 2015, 5:41 PM | 4 Comments
  • Dec. 7, 2015, 10:35 AM
    • The energy sector (-4.5%) paces the opening decline, as WTI crude oil prices -4% at $38.35/bbl following a 2.7% slide on Friday after OPEC's failure to agree on a production target to reduce the oil glut.
    • Investors are betting on oil prices staying lower for even longer after OPEC's non-decision, pushing U.S. crude futures for delivery nearly 10 years away below $60/bbl, Reuters reports.
    • But the oil glut is set to continue as much because of the U.S. as of OPEC, as U.S. shale drillers have only trimmed their pumping a little, and rising oil flows from the Gulf of Mexico are propping up U.S. production; the overall output of U.S. crude fell just 0.2% in September, the most recent monthly federal data available, and is down less than 3%, to 9.3M bbl/day, from the peak in April.
    • Goldman Sachs says it expects oil prices to remain "lower for longer," with a risk that prices could fall as low as $20/bbl.
    • In early trading: XOM -2.9%, CVX -4.1%, BP -3.2%, RDS.A -4.2%, COP -4.6%, MPC -3.2%, MRO -7.4%, PSX -2.8%, HES -4.9%, APC -6.1%, OXY -3.1%, EOG -5.8%, DVN -9.3%, PXD -7.2%, APA -3.9%, CHK -8%, CLR -9.1%.
    • ETFs: USO, OIL, XLE, UCO, UWTI, VDE, ERX, OIH, SCO, XOP, BNO, DBO, DWTI, ERY, FCG, DIG, GASL, DTO, DUG, BGR, USL, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, DNO, FENY, PXE, PXI, PXJ, FIF, OLO, SZO, NDP, RYE, FXN, OLEM, DDG
    | Dec. 7, 2015, 10:35 AM | 118 Comments
  • Dec. 4, 2015, 3:25 PM
    • U.S. crude oil settled 2.7% lower at $39.97 and Brent fell 1.9% to $43 after OPEC decided to roll over its policy of maintaining crude production in order to retain market share - a not unexpected outcome but one that offers no relief in sight for the oil industry's pain.
    • "OPEC not cutting is going to put more pressure on oil prices," and the pressure on companies’ spending will feed through into their investment in increasing their production, says Jefferies equity analyst Jason Gammel. “It’s not as though they’ll shut down existing production, but over time their output will decrease."
    • Don’t expect prices to stabilize until low prices force curtailments of pumping in the U.S., which will not happen until the end of next year, Goldman Sachs analyst Damien Courvalin.
    • Energy stocks (-0.7%) are the only S&P industry sector to decline, as the rest of the market has rebounded from yesterday's drop; some of the big oils - XOM +0.3%, CVX +0.6% - have inched higher, and refiners are mostly higher, but it's another down day for most: DVN -1.2%, CLR -5.9%, MRO -2.3%, HES -1%, COP -0.8%, EOG -0.7%, APC -2.4%, ETE -9.3%, ETP -3.5%, EPD -2.4%, WMB -6.9%.
    • ETFs: USO, OIL, XLE, UCO, UWTI, VDE, ERX, OIH, SCO, XOP, BNO, DBO, DWTI, ERY, FCG, DIG, GASL, DTO, DUG, BGR, USL, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, DNO, FENY, PXE, PXI, PXJ, FIF, OLO, SZO, NDP, RYE, FXN, OLEM, DDG
    | Dec. 4, 2015, 3:25 PM | 150 Comments
  • Dec. 2, 2015, 3:21 PM
    | Dec. 2, 2015, 3:21 PM | 84 Comments
  • Nov. 6, 2015, 12:42 PM
    • Marathon Oil (MRO -4.1%) will cut 200 jobs this month as part of a plan to restructure its upstream business into two distinct units for its key U.S. shale plays and its conventional drilling fields in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere, FuelFix reports.
    • MRO's Bakken shale, Eagle Ford shale and Oklahoma assets will get the lion’s share of the company’s sharply reduced $2.2B capital budget next year in an attempt to concentrate on profitable and prolific shale fields; MRO is adding muscle to its shale presence at a time when U.S. shale oil production is wavering amid the oil downturn.
    • MRO's new conventional business will include assets in the Gulf of Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kurdistan, Libya and the U.K., as well as its fields in Wyoming and its oil sands mines.
    | Nov. 6, 2015, 12:42 PM
  • Nov. 5, 2015, 11:38 AM
    • Marathon Oil (MRO -3.2%) CEO Lee Tillman says the company plans to sell at least $500M in assets and has sold acreage in eastern Africa as part of an effort to reduce conventional exploration in favor of shale.
    • MRO says it will cut capex by at least 29% next year as costs decline and its outlook on oil prices worsens, but Tillman says 75% of its $2.2B budget next year will be spent in the U.S. shale plays, "which offer our highest risk-adjusted returns.”
    • The CEO says MRO’s move to cut its dividend to $0.05/share, announced last week, will help the company steer $425M in capital toward highly productive plays.
    | Nov. 5, 2015, 11:38 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 4, 2015, 6:57 PM
    • Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) -3.3% AH after posting a smaller than expected Q3 loss but reporting a 55% Y/Y decline in revenues and saying it plans to scale back efforts to look for oil and gas in conventional plays.
    • CEO Lee Tillman says MRO expects crude prices to remain low for a long time, so the company is cutting its preliminary 2016 investment budget for drilling projects to $2.2B, 29% less than it expects to spend this year.
    • Despite the cuts, MRO says it is on track to produce 20% more shale oil and gas than a year ago while spending $200M less, thanks to technological advances that have helped cost efficiency.
    • MRO, which is selling exploration land in Ethiopia and Kenya, expects full-year 2015 production to increase 7% Y/Y, at the top end of its previous guidance for a 5%-7% increase.
    | Nov. 4, 2015, 6:57 PM
Company Description
Marathon Oil Corp is an energy company engaged in the exploration, production and marketing of liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas, production and marketing of products manufactured from natural gas and oil sands mining.