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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
Wed, Mar. 30, 3:30 PM
- Analysts at Seaport Global upgrade seven oil and gas producers, advocating for increased exposure to select names they say should protect investors in the event of a move back toward $50/bbl, while downgrading 11 others.
- Seaport upgrades seven companies to Buy: Continental Resources (CLR +3.4%), Callon Petroleum (CPE +1.4%), Marathon Oil (MRO +1.9%), Oasis Petroleum (OAS +2.8%), Rice Energy (RICE +1.7%), Petroquest Energy (PQ +9.1%) and Lonestar Resources (OTCQX:LNREF +6.6%).
- Downgraded to Sell are Whiting Petroleum (WLL +4.1%), Southwestern Energy (SWN -2.5%), WPX Energy (WPX +0.6%), Laredo Petroleum (LPI -1.1%), Jones Energy (JONE +0.9%), Northern Oil & Gas (NOG +1%), Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO +1.6%), Memorial Resource (MRD +2.5%), Matador Resources (MTDR -0.3%), Sanchez Energy (SN +1.6%) and PDC Energy (PDCE -0.9%).
- The firm also favors gaining leverage to the Oklahoma STACK play, thus CLR and Newfield Exploration (NFX +1.9%) have "taken the pole position away" from Permian producers Parsley Energy (PE +1.3%) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +1%).
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- North Dakota's crude oil production fell in December for the first time in three months, down 2.5% to 1,152,280 bbl/day, as oil producers begin to acknowledging the low-price reality rolling over the entire energy industry.
- Only 41 drilling rigs are operating in the state as of Wednesday, the lowest level since July 2009, and North Dakota producers have cut back requests to drill new wells, with only 78 permitted in January compared to 125 in November.
- Bakken shale exposure includes: CLR, HES, WLL, STO, OAS, MRO, EOG, XOM, NOG, CHK, DNR, SM, NFX, OXY, MUR, OXY, COP, SSN, CXO, EOX
Tue, Feb. 9, 5:21 PM
- Standard & Poor's downgrades the junk ratings of 25 oil and gas companies on expectations of deteriorating credit quality due to low commodities prices and reduced production.
- The ratings firm, which also affirmed the ratings of an additional 20 speculative-grade E&P companies, says the ratings actions follow a revision of its price assumptions for crude oil and natural gas.
- Among companies receiving downgrades: AREX, BBG, BCEI, BBEP, CWEI, DNR, EPE, EVEP, GST, KOS, LGCY, MEMP, NOG, OAS, REN, SM, SGY, TPLM, UNT, WTI, WLL
- Last week, S&P cut the ratings of 10 U.S. oil and gas E&P companies, including investment-grade Chevron, and placed Exxon's AAA corporate rating on watch for a possible downgrade.
Mon, Feb. 1, 5:28 PM
- Northern Oil & Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG) discloses that it will separate the positions of CEO and Chairman in an effort to further enhance its corporate governance practices.
- NOG names Richard Weber, an existing independent NOG director, as its new Chairman, while Michael Reger will continue as CEO and a director.
- Weber is a founding partner, Chairman and CEO of privately held PennEnergy Resources, and has been an NOG director since 2011.
Nov. 14, 2015, 8:25 AM
- The number of oil wells in North Dakota that have been drilled but not fracked surpassed 1,000 for the first time in September, as producers wait for prices to recover before turning them on.
- As a result, more than 8% of oil wells in North Dakota now are sitting idle, harming the industry's ability to grow production; daily output in the state fell 2% in September to ~1.16M bbl/day.
- The backlog is "sending a definite signal to the market that oil and gas operators are not willing to do a lot of drilling or hydraulic fracturing or production at these low prices," says Lynn Helms, director of the state's Department of Mineral Resources, who figures the backlog is not likely to be worked off until next year at least, and only if oil prices rise.
- Top North Dakota producers include CLR, HES, EOG, WLL, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO
Nov. 4, 2015, 4:36 PM
- Northern Oil & Gas (NYSEMKT:NOG): Q3 EPS of $0.24 beats by $0.07.
- Revenue of $101.2M (-44.0% Y/Y) beats by $15.42M.
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Oct. 22, 2015, 6:25 PM
- North Dakota regulators approve a plan to give oil producers an extra year to bring a new well online, Reuters reports, in an attempt to give the energy industry breathing room during the oil price downturn.
- Companies will now have up to two years to frack drilled but uncompleted wells under changes approved by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, which means the oil industry will not be forced to spend billions of dollars to frack an estimated 1,000 DUCs, most of which will hit their previous one-year deadlines in December.
- Top Bakken shale producers include CLR, HES, EOG, WLL, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO
Oct. 5, 2015, 10:32 AM
- The energy sector is an early leader in today's trading even after Standard & Poor's issued negative outlooks for Exxon Mobil (XOM +0.3%) and Chevron (CVX +1.9%) after Friday's close, citing high debt levels and low energy prices.
- XOM "has substantially more debt than during the last cyclical commodity price trough in 2009, while upstream production and costs are at similar levels,” S&P said, adding that “a sustained period of lower oil and gas prices will significantly reduce the company’s operating cash flow in 2015 and 2016 from 2014 levels, resulting in rising debt balances as the company sustains its capital investments and dividends.”
- The ratings agency anticipates CVX "will outspend internally generated cash flow to fund major project capital spending and dividends."
- While S&P stopped short of credit downgrades - it held CVX’s long-term credit rating at AA and XOM’s at AAA - it did downgrade 12 others: CHK, WLL, UPL, DNR, LINE, BBG, LGCY, TPLM, ARP, CWEI, MPO, EXXI.
- Outlooks also were lowered for NOG and EVEP.
- Ratings were affirmed for COP, WPX, WTI and CRK.
Sep. 24, 2015, 7:15 PM
- North Dakota regulators approve an industry-backed proposal to delay further cuts to associated gas flaring by 10 months while also easing more long-range flaring reduction targets.
- Gov. Dalrymple and the two other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission voted to change the date when companies must capture 85% of natural gas produced from their wells to Nov. 1, 2016.
- The regulators agreed with industry arguments that the delays and revisions were needed because of the lack of new gas capture and pipeline infrastructure, which have been delayed for a variety of reasons, including low oil and gas prices, right-of-way disputes and pad size limitations.
- Top North Dakota producers include CLR, HES, EOG, WLL, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO
Sep. 8, 2015, 2:56 PM
- Energy E&P companies could suffer ~50% downside to 2017 consensus estimates, Cowen analysts say as they downgrade two-third of their portfolio coverage in the sector amid a weak oil price environment.
- The firm cuts capital spending estimates for several names in the sector, which in turn cuts production and cash flow estimates, the firm says as it lowers its 2016 production and operating cash flow estimates by a respective 4% and 35% below consensus view; by 2017, it sees 10% downside to consensus production estimates and 51% downside to consensus cash flow estimates.
- Downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform: BBG, BCEI, CWEI, DNR, NOG.
- Downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform: CPE, FANG, PDCE, PE, SYRG.
- Maintained at Market perform: AXAS, EGN
- Maintained at Outperform: OAS, QEP, WLL
Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas properties. It is focused on the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks play in North Dakota and Montana. The company was founded on March 20, 2007 and is headquartered... More
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