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Tue, Sep. 1, 5:57 PM
- Applying newer fracking techniques to the prolific Haynesville Shale natural gas region that straddles Louisiana and Texas could give the U.S. more and cheaper gas supplies for many years, WSJ reports.
- Experimental wells by explorers including Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) are proving highly profitable even at today’s depressed prices because of the sheer volume of fossil fuels that can be coaxed out of the ground.
- The results so far have been confined to a small area in a single Louisiana parish near the Texas border, but if the approach works across the entire Haynesville Shale, which spans 120 miles across both states, the era of low U.S. nat gas prices could continue for decades, experts say.
- The costs of fracking wells have fallen in the past year, especially in the Haynesville, the second-largest U.S. gas deposit behind the Marcellus.
- CRK says it could get a 30% return on its new wells even with gas at $2.50/MMBtu, and plans to drill more wells in the Haynesville than it will in the oily Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas.
- ETFs: UNG, UGAZ, DGAZ, BOIL, GAZ, FCG, GASL, KOLD, UNL, DCNG
Thu, Aug. 27, 5:39 PM
Mon, Aug. 24, 6:41 PM
- The plunge in oil prices may lead to some oil companies going out of business within a few weeks, according to Energy Aspects senior oil analyst Amrita Sen, who points to Linn Energy ([LINE]], LNCO) and Energy XXI (NASDAQ:EXXI) as bankruptcy candidates after exhausting more than 75% of the credit available to them.
- Sen names Midstates Petroleum (NYSE:MPO), Resolute Energy (NYSE:REN), W&T Offshore (NYSE:WTI), Breitburn Energy (NASDAQ:BBEP) and Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) as seeing their borrowing facilities "reduced the most" among companies tracked by the firm.
- "The amount of money available to these U.S. producers to borrow is half, less than half in some cases, compared to a year ago," Sen writes, which "makes it very, very difficult for them to continue investing, continue drilling," but she also predicts that supplies will tighten by the end of next year, and prices could easily more than double from current levels.
Mon, Aug. 17, 5:37 PM
Fri, Aug. 14, 12:47 PM
- The Obama administration will allow limited sales of crude oil to Mexico for the first time, Reuters reports, citing a senior administration official who says the U.S. Commerce Department is "acting favorably on a number of applications" to export U.S. crude in exchange for imported Mexican oil.
- The shipments, likely to be lighter, high-quality shale oil, would help Mexico's aging refineries produce more premium fuels, while U.S. refiners would continue to get Mexican heavy oil, a better match for them than the light oil coming from Texas and North Dakota.
- Although limited in scope, the move toward freeing up trade will please U.S. oil producers such as Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), which say the restrictions force them to sell oil at below global market rates, and may add momentum to efforts mostly to repeal what advocates see as a relic of the 1970s.
- Among relevant oil stocks: XOM, CVX, BP, RDS.A, RDS.B, OAS, NOG, CLR, WLL, EOX, SM, SFY, PVA, GST, SN, CRK, BBG, CWEI
- Relevant refining stocks: VLO, HFC, MPC, TSO, WNR, ALJ, PSX, PBF, DK, NTI, ALDW
- ETFs: XLE, XOP, XES, IEO, IEZ, PXE, NDP
Fri, Aug. 14, 12:45 PM
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Wed, Aug. 12, 4:59 PM
- Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) soared 67% in today's trade after disclosing several of its executives and board members this week purchased a combined 45K shares of the company's stock.
- CEO/Chairman Miles Allison and COO Mack Good each bought 10K shares at $1.98 each, boosting their respective overall stakes in CRK to ~1.76M and ~308K shares; two other directors also bought 10K shares each, and CFO Roland Burns purchased 5K shares to lift his holdings to ~938K shares.
- CRK had retreated more than 90% over the past 12 months before today's rebound.
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Mon, Jul. 27, 12:48 PM
Fri, Jul. 24, 5:31 PM
- Signet Jewlers (NYSE:SIG) is replacing DirecTV (just acquired by AT&T) in the S&P 500 after Tuesday's close. Parexel (NASDAQ:PRXL) is taking Signet's spot in the S&P MidCap 400, and Enanta Pharma (NASDAQ:ENTA) is taking Parexel's spot in the S&P SmallCap 600.
- Also: Catalent (NYSE:CTLT) is replacing JDS Uniphase (JDSU - about to carry out a spinoff) in the S&P 400 after the July 31 close. What's left of JDSU (to be known as Viavi) will replace Susquehanna Bancshares (about to be acquired) in the S&P 600, while its Lumentum Holdings spinoff will replace Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) in the 600.
- SIG +2.5% AH. PRXL +0.7%. ENTA +4%. CTLT +3%.
Wed, Jul. 22, 2:37 PM
- A reduction in non-OPEC production eventually will provide an opportunity for U.S. producers to get back in the game, Credit Suisse analyst Mark Lear says as he upgrades the oil and gas E&P sector to Overweight and changes ratings for several individual stocks.
- Lear sees a handful of names with limited downside at WTI prices of ~$60/bbl and “decent” upside with prices in the $70’s, and expects a better year for natural gas in 2016 as dropoffs in production and higher demand could lead to higher winter prices.
- "We may be early,” but Credit Suisse assumes coverage at Outperform on some E&P stocks: EOG, EPE, PXD, DNR, APC, DVN.
- Upgraded to Outperform from Neutral: HES, CXO, CRZO, NBL
- Upgraded to Neutral from Underperform: MUR.
- Assumed coverage at Neutral: APA, DNR
- Assumed at Underperform: SD, SWN
- Downgraded to Underperform from Neutral: REXX, CRK
Tue, Jul. 7, 12:46 PM
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Comstock Resources Inc along with its subsidiaries is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, development and production. It is also engaged in the acquisition of producing oil and natural gas properties.
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