Dec. 16, 2014, 7:21 PM
- "Low oil prices cure low oil prices,” meaning that low oil prices will take supply off line - primarily shale oil production in North America - and eventually prices will recover; if that maxim becomes reality, then it could be time pick up select energy stocks today at cheap prices, some analysts say.
- U.S. Global Investors' Brian Hicks, who believes oil is oversold, favors Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) for its low-cost Eagle Ford acreage purchased earlier this year, solid cash flow, and significant hedges in place on 2015 production; he also likes oil services companies Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE) and Helmerich & Payne (NYSE:HP).
- Hodges Capital's Michael Breard likes North American oil producers that have the flexibility to shift to natural gas - where prices are more likely to hold up, he says - such as Matador Resources (NYSE:MTDR), Comstock Resources (NYSE:CRK) and Panhandle Oil and Gas (NYSE:PHX).
- Deutsche Bank analysts like companies with the balance sheet strength to survive, but also the budget flexibility, asset quality and performance record to suggest they can return to growth when energy prices go back up, including Anadarko (NYSE:APC), EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), Cimarex (NYSE:XEC) and Concho Resources (NYSE:CXO).
Dec. 3, 2014, 4:37 PM
- Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) says President and CEO John Richels will retire effective July 31, 2015, to be succeeded by current COO Dave Hager.
- Richels will become Vice Chairman effective immediately, with the intent of replacing Larry Nichols as Chairman upon Nichols' retirement from the board in 2016.
- Hager has been an officer at DVN since 2009 and a member of the board since 2007, and brings 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry to his new position.
Dec. 3, 2014, 11:32 AM
- The energy sector (XLE +1.5%) continues its momentum from yesterday, leading the way again as the best performing sector in early trading with crude oil rising 1.2% so far today and reports that U.S. well permits fell 40% last month.
- Top performers include Clayton Williams (CWEI +7.7%), Transocean Partners (RIGP +10.6%), Gaslog (GLOG +13.8%) and Energy XXI (EXXI +15.7%).
- Other leading energy names are showing stronger recoveries as they clear last Friday's bearish gap zone: XOM +0.2%, CVX +0.4%, COP +2.5%, OXY +2.5%, DVN +2.9%, EOG +2.5%, HES +2.2%, MUR +1.5%, NBL +2.3%, PXD +4.2%, SU +3%, CNQ +1.9%.
- Some analysts warn that the worst may not be over, however, as much of the advance is being driven by investors repurchasing ETFs they used to make short bets; investors also could opt to sell oil shares at a loss in coming weeks to reduce tax burdens.
Dec. 3, 2014, 11:09 AM
Dec. 2, 2014, 2:48 PM
- Energy stocks (XLE +1.4%) are posting the day's largest gains among S&P sectors, rebounding from recent losses even as Nymex crude oil fell another $2.05 to $66.97/bbl.
- Refiners Marathon Petroleum (MPC +4%) and Valero (VLO +4.1%) and pipeline operator Williams Cos. (WMB +1.5%) are among the top gainers, while losers include most oil services companies such as Halliburton (HAL -2.2%) and rig operator Transocean (RIG -3.7%).
- Anadarko Petroleum (APC +1.6%), Cimarex Energy (XEC +1%), Devon Energy (DVN +0.7%), EOG Resources (EOG +3.8%) and Marathon Oil (MRO +3.5%) were selected top “safe haven” picks for analysts at Tudor Pickering Holt, which said they are “liquid names with high-quality assets and healthy balance sheets."
Nov. 12, 2014, 6:45 PM
- Whether or not there is an oil "price war," the U.S. shale industry is flinching only a little, essentially committing to concentrate their efforts where they will be most effective rather than admit defeat, according to an FT report.
- To be sure, activity is starting to slow: Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Rosetta Resources (NASDAQ:ROSE) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) are among leading shale oil companies that have announced reductions in their capital spending plans, and EOG suggested as much last week when it said it would make sure its capital spending plus dividend payments were in line with the cash flow it has coming in.
- If statements from shale industry leaders are even broadly accurate, oil prices may have to go much lower before U.S. oil production starts to fall; EOG CEO William Thomas says that even if oil fell to $40, his company could still earn a 10% return in some areas, such as the Bakken and Eagle Ford.
- Although they may be drilling less than they had expected, oil companies also will focus on maximizing production from the rigs they are already using, which encourages continued expectations for output growth from the likes of Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), EOG, CLR and Pioneer Natural (NYSE:PXD).
Nov. 11, 2014, 2:52 PM
- Count BofA's Doug Leggate among analysts seeing an opportunity to become contrarian bullish on the energy sector, which he says is now discounting $75 oil.
- His top picks in the sector are Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) and Hess (NYSE:HES), while Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) justify another look; also, pure play gas names Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN) remain Buy rated.
- On the technical side, BofA's Stephen Suttmeier notes the sector hit capitulation levels in mid-October not seen since 2002, suggesting the worst is over and energy is poised to build a base and head higher.
- Earlier: Top energy stocks may have bottomed even if oil has not, J.P. Morgan says.
Nov. 5, 2014, 2:37 PM
- After taking a beating in the previous two sessions in the wake of plunging oil prices, energy stocks are attracting buyers today and accounting for nearly a third of the session's total gains on the S&P 500.
- The advance has been underpinned by strong showings by Devon Energy (DVN +9.3%) and EOG Resources (EOG +5.9%), which posted better than expected earnings results and higher production growth guidance.
- DVN's Q3 revenues nearly doubled Y/Y to $5.35B from $2.71B, cash margins rose 20% as costs per barrel fell 3% Q/Q, and it raised the midpoint of Q4 production guidance by 3% to 617 boe/day without any increase in capital spending.
- At EOG, Q3 production jumped 29% and is further boosting its growth target for oil even in the face of a market slump, and says results from wells drilled in the Permian Basin confirm that almost two thirds of its 140K-acre land position there is promising and will provide a high rate of return.
Nov. 4, 2014, 5:10 PM
- Following its Q3 performance, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) is hiking the midpoint of its 2014 production outlook from retained assets by 3% to 617K BOE/day. Total production growth guidance has been raised to 14% from 11%.
- Q3production from retained assets totaled 640K BOE/day, +19% Y/Y and exceeding guidance. Oil/liquids accounted for 55% of retained asset production.
- Pre-tax cash margin rose 20% Y/Y to $29.42/BOE. Operating cash flow fell 3% to $1.56B.
- With oil prices falling, Devon has "entered into various swap-and-collar contracts to hedge approximately 60 percent of its expected [Q4] oil production at an average floor price of $92 per barrel."
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Nov. 4, 2014, 4:19 PM
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Oct. 21, 2014, 3:58 PM
- Global Hunter revisits its commodity price outlook, now moving to $83 long-term oil vs. $85 previously, applying a higher discount rate to future cash flows and modeling more conservative assumptions with regards to future rig activity, which results in downward revisions for several exploration and production stocks price targets and some rating changes (Briefing.com).
- Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Gulfport Energy (NASDAQ:GPOR) and Rex Energy (NASDAQ:REXX) are upgraded to Buy; Talisman Energy (NYSE:TLM) is raised to Speculative Buy from Neutral.
- Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Hess (NYSE:HES), Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) and Kosmos Energy (NYSE:KOS) are upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral.
- Cobalt Energy (NYSE:CIE) is downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy.
Oct. 9, 2014, 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
Sep. 29, 2014, 10:24 AM
- Sumitomo will set up a special investigation into how it lost nearly $1.8B in Texas shale oil and Australian coal mining, after writedowns connected to the investments almost completely wipe out its full-year earnings forecast.
- Most of the losses were incurred at the shale oil project it shares with Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN); in 2012, Sumitomo paid DVN $340M for 30% of the project in the Permian Basin, agreeing to supply another $1B to fund most of the cost of drilling wells, but now it says it wants to sell most of its share since it is “difficult to extract the oil and gas efficiently."
- The company also plans to stop production at the Isaac Plains coal mine in Australia's Queensland state it co-owns with Vale (NYSE:VALE) by the end of January.
- “Even by the standards of trading companies, this is not good,” says the co-head of Japan equities at Mirabaud Securities, drawing parallels to Mitsui's costly exposure to BP’s blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sep. 10, 2014, 10:32 AM
Aug. 6, 2014, 8:58 AM
- Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) +1.2% premarket after Q2 earnings matched estimates and revenues rose 46% Y/Y, easily beating expectations, helped by production growth in high-margin oil, as well as higher prices.
- Q2 production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, excluding production associated with divestiture properties, rose 14% Y/Y to 620K boe/day, driven by growth in oil production, which jumped 34% to 205K bbl/day; oil production from U.S. operations surged 79% Y/Y.
- Q2 revenue from oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids sales totaled $2.7B, up 21%, attributable to the increase in high-margin oil production combined with improved oil price realizations; these factors resulted in Q2 oil sales increasing to more than 60% of DVN's total upstream revenues.
- Overall average realized prices including hedging impacts climbed 20%, including growth of 6% for oil.
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