Murphy Oil CorporationNYSE
Wed, Nov. 30, 2:30 PM
- Oil and gas names continue to surge following the news that OPEC will cut production.
- Among the 36 energy stocks in the benchmark SPDR Energy ETF, 13 are up by at least 10%: MRO +21.6%, RIG +19.6%, MUR +15.7%, DVN +15.2%, NFX +15.2%, HES +14.8%, APC +13.6%, HAL +13.6%, CXO +11.3%, XEC +10.9%, EOG +10.5%, COP +10.4%, CHK +10%.
- Continental Resources (CLR +23.6%) soars to a 52-week high, making founder and CEO Harold Hamm, already the wealthiest U.S. energy billionaire, another $3B richer.
- Offshore drillers are broadly sporting double-digit gains: ESV +24.8%, ATW +20.6%, RIGP +18.7%, SDRL +16.5%, DO +15.7%, RDC +15%.
- "For all E&P stocks, this is a bullish call for sure, because price is directly correlated with cash flow," says Luana Siegfried, energy equity research associate at Raymond James, which sees U.S. crude reaching $60/bbl by year-end.
- MarketWatch's Philip van Doorn writes that pending earnings estimate increases from analysts ought to set a floor under the energy sector and support even higher prices for oil stocks.
Tue, Nov. 29, 8:55 AM
- Chevron (NYSE:CVX) is teaming up with Mexico's Pemex and Japan’s Inpex to bid for the right to explore for oil and natural gas in Mexico's first-ever deepwater auction, set for Dec. 5.
- The auction marks the first time Mexico's state-owned operator will partner with private companies to develop crude in the Gulf of Mexico, and is one of seven groups and eight individual bidders to qualify for participation.
- Total (NYSE:TOT) is joining forces with BP and Statoil (NYSE:STO) in one group, and with ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) in another, while Eni (NYSE:E) and Lukoil (OTCPK:LUKOY, OTC:LUKOF) also joined up, and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) formed another group; other companies involved include BHP, CEO, MUR.
- The Mexican regulator has not specified which bids are for the Trion field joint venture with Pemex or for the other areas.
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Tue, Sep. 6, 8:59 AM
- Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR), Malaysia's Petronas and Mexico's Sierra Oil & Gas are in talks to form a group that would bid jointly to independently operate offshore fields in Mexico’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Bloomberg reports.
- The three producers are in the process of signing a joint study and bid agreement, a step to form a consortium for Mexico’s sale of deepwater leases on Dec. 5, according to the report.
- A total of 16 operators and 10 financial companies have qualified to bid for the December auction, the first opportunity in more than 70 years to independently operate offshore fields in Mexico’s deep Gulf waters.
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Wed, Jul. 13, 2:47 PM
- Murphy Oil (MUR -0.5%) is upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $42 price target, raised from $33, at Barclays, which says the global oil market is in the midst of a "continued upward trajectory" in which Brent could average $85/bbl by Q4 2017 and $80-$90 during 2018-21.
- Barclays believes the risks associated with MUR already are well known and have been priced in by the market, and says shares continue to trade at a significant discount to net asset value and relative to other large cap E&P names even after rising 42% YTD.
- On a risk-adjusted basis, the firm says ConocoPhillips (COP -2.8%) and Husky Energy (OTCPK:HUSKF -2.1%) offer the best value over the next 12 months, while Petrobras (PBR -2.3%) and Exxon Mobil (XOM -0.4%) offer the least.
Tue, Jun. 28, 5:42 PM
- The Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD) natural gas processing plant in Pascagoula, Miss., remains closed after today's fire, which is now under control but forced the closure of the 225-mile Destin gas pipeline system that can carry 1.2B cf/day from offshore fields to Pascagoula.
- Destin, majority-owned by BP with Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) a minority partner, declares force majeure as a result of the fire.
- Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) says it shut its Thunder Hawk platform, which also is connected to the Destin system and has the capacity to handle 60K bbl/day of oil and 70M cf/day of natural gas.
- LLOG, partially owned by the Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), says it is shutting its Delta House floating production system, which has 100K bbl/day of oil and 240m cf/day of gas capacity.
- Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) says the Gulfstream Pipeline, a joint venture with Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP), appears to be unaffected.
- BP, whose Thunder Horse and Na Kika platforms tie into the Destin pipeline and together produce nearly 400K bbl/day of oil and more than 700M cf/day of natural gas, has not commented; the status of other Gulf producers which operate facilities that connect to Destin, including Stone Energy (NYSE:SGY) and Freeport McMoRan (NYSE:FCX), is not known.
Mon, Jun. 20, 3:58 PM
- Analysts at Raymond James offer perhaps the most optimistic outlook anywhere for crude oil prices, predicting WTI will average $80/bbl by the end of next year on growing confidence that tightening global oil supply/demand dynamics will support a much higher price level.
- James sees production outside the U.S. being curbed by more than previously expected, or 400K fewer bbl/day of oil being produced in 2017 relative to its January estimate, particularly organic declines in China, Columbia, Angola and Mexico.
- Among other reasons, the firm also notes that the unusually large number of unplanned supply outages will, in some cases, persist throughout 2017, taking another 300K bbl/day out of global supply.
- Using his firm's broader oil outlook, James analyst Pavel Molchanov upgrades Murphy Oil (MUR +6%) to Market Perform from Underperform, adding that he believes MUR's dividend is safe.
- ETFs: USO, OIL, UWTI, UCO, DWTI, SCO, BNO, DBO, DTO, USL, DNO, OLO, SZO, OLEM
Wed, May 4, 5:26 PM
- Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR): Q1 EPS of -$0.66 beats by $0.05.
- Revenue of $430.3M (-53.3% Y/Y) misses by $15.99M.
Tue, May 3, 5:35 PM
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Sun, May 1, 1:08 PM
- A new study finds that fracking of U.S. shale fields is causing a global surge in ethane emissions. Ethane is known to contribute to global warming and dangerous air pollution.
- Global ethane levels had been falling since the 1980s, but in 2010 a sensor in Europe picked up a surprise increase. U.S. shale fracking was thought to be the culprit. More recently, a single field in the North Dakota and Montana Bakken Formation has been found to be emitting 2% of the worldwide total.
- "Two percent might not sound like a lot, but the emissions we observed in this single region are 10 to 100 times larger than reported in inventories. They directly impact air quality across North America. And they're sufficient to explain much of the global shift in ethane concentrations," said Eric Kort, the first author of the new study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
- Ethane emissions from other U.S. fields, especially the Texas Eagle Ford, likely contributed as well, the research team says. The findings illustrate the key role of shale oil and gas production in rising ethane levels.
- Baaken stocks include: CLR, ERF, EOG, HK, HES, MRO, OAS, QEP, SM, STO, TPLM, WLL
- Eagle Ford stocks include: APC, APA, COG, CRZO, CHK, COP, ECA, XOM, MUR, PXD
- See the full study here »
Mon, Apr. 18, 6:53 PM
- Moody's (NYSE:MCO) has emerged as a new problem for energy companies, as the bond rater has deprived 19 energy companies of their investment-grade ratings this year, and has dropped some by several notches into the deeper reaches of junk territory, WSJ reports.
- At the same time, Standard & Poor’s rates only four of the 19 companies that lost an investment-grade rating at Moody’s as below investment grade, while Fitch rates just two below investment grade.
- So far, the market has largely shaken off the Moody’s reassessment of the oil sector; for example, Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) was cut by Moody's to junk status but still managed to raise large sums in the bond market last month at favorable terms vs. what it would have needed to pay a month earlier.
- Nevertheless, companies that Moody’s has dropped to junk are in a vulnerable position because they need investment-grade ratings from two of the three ratings firms to remain in the Barclays investment-grade corporate bond index and thus retain access to a large pool of investors that are not allowed to invest in bonds outside of the index.
- Among other oil companies Moody's has downgraded this year: ECA, ENLK, ESV, CVE, MUR
Fri, Apr. 15, 6:30 PM
- North Dakota crude oil production fell for the third straight month in February to hit its lowest level in 18 months, while the state's rig count sunk to its lowest since October 2005, according to the latest data from the state's Department of Mineral Resources.
- The U.S.’s second largest oil producing state pumped 1.118M bbl/day in February, down very slightly from January's 1.122M but January output fell 2.6% from December, which fell 2.5% from November.
- The number of rigs drilling for oil in North Dakota is now at 29, down from 52 in January and 40 in February; the all-time high was 218 in May 2012.
- However, natural gas production in the state rose 2.9% in February to 1.69B cf/day, a new all-time high.
- Bakken shale exposure includes: CLR, HES, WLL, STO, OAS, MRO, EOG, XOM, NOG, CHK, DNR, SM, NFX, OXY, MUR, COP, SSN, CXO, EOX
- Now read U.S. oil rig count falls by three in latest Baker Hughes tally