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EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG)

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  • Aug. 4, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Jul. 17, 2014, 2:56 PM
    • EOG Resources (EOG -0.6%) is initiated with a Buy recommendation and $135 price target at Argus, which believes EOG shares will continue to outperform over the next 12 months as the company develops its high-quality, liquids-rich asset base.
    • EOG - now the largest oil producer in the lower 48 states and posting industry leading 40% crude oil production growth over the last five years - has established enviable acreage positions in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shales through its first-mover advantage, and is now optimizing the development of the acreage, Argus says.
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  • Jul. 14, 2014, 2:21 PM
    • Whiting Petroleum's (WLL +7.4%) $6B buyout of Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG +5.1%) is renewing investor attention on independent energy firms with operations in the Bakken Shale, especially those significantly owned by hedge funds; Paulson & Co. is the single biggest owner of KOG stock, with just under 10% of shares outstanding as of the last filing date.
    • While many of the largest Bakken producers are huge companies or parts of huge companies - Hess (NYSE:HES), EOG, Statoil (NYSE:STO), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), XTO Energy (NYSE:XOM) - a few small and mid-cap independent players show hedge fund interest, CNBC's Brian Sullivan writes.
    • The single biggest holder of Oasis Petroleum (OAS +0.5%) also is John Paulson's hedge fund, which owns 9.9M shares (~9.8% of shares outstanding), Jana Partners owns 16M-plus shares in QEP Resources (QEP +1.4%), and WPX Energy (WPX +1.1%) has substantial hedge fund ownership.
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  • Jul. 9, 2014, 6:30 PM
    • A new EIA report underscores the remarkable comeback of the Permian Basin, which boomed in an earlier era, faded and now leads the U.S. in oil production.
    • Daily crude oil production in the Permian, which lies under much of west Texas and part of eastern New Mexico, has increased from a low of 850K barrels in 2007 to 1.35M barrels last year.
    • The increased production is concentrated in six low-permeability formations: the Spraberry, Wolfcamp, Bone Spring, Glorieta, Yeso, and Delaware.
    • Among the top Permian producers: OXY, PXD, APA, KMP, XOM, COG, CVX, EOG, EGN, XEC, FANG.
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  • Jul. 7, 2014, 6:30 PM
    • Energy companies invested hundreds of millions of dollars when they started extracting oil from shale formations in south Texas a few years ago to make the volatile crude was safer to handle, but the failure to do so at the Bakken shale is coming back to haunt the oil industry as the U.S. government seeks to prevent fiery accidents of trains containing North Dakota oil.
    • Only one stabilizer, which can remove the most volatile gases before transport, has been built in North Dakota and it hasn't begun operation, according to a WSJ review; if the government mandates the use of stabilizers, companies would have to make big investments in equipment which could slow Bakken's development.
    • Oil producers are fighting the perception that the biggest risks come from Bakken crude, almost all of which is moved by rail, but safety officials and lawmakers say the dangers extend far beyond North Dakota.
    • Top Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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  • Jul. 3, 2014, 3:20 PM
    • A recent surge of low-magnitude earthquakes in Oklahoma probably is the result of the underground disposal of vast quantities of wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction, according to a new study published today in the journal Science.
    • The researchers also calculated that four of the highest-volume wells in Oklahoma are capable of triggering ~20% of recent central U.S. quakes, and found that such induced quakes could potentially occur more than 30 km from the well.
    • The Cornell geophysics professor who led the study says the results suggest regulators and oil companies should avoid disposing of wastewater near major faults and do a better job monitoring the activity.
    • Among energy firms with a significant Oklahoma presence: CHK, CLR, APA, DVN, SD, EOG, MRO, OKE, OKS, GPOR, WPX, WMB, WPZ, LPI, CWEI, NFX, NGL, COG, WLL, NBL, MPO, PQ, XEC.
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  • Jul. 1, 2014, 6:45 PM
    • North Dakota regulators tell crude oil explorers to cut the flaring of natural gas or face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation.
    • The state's crude output has surpassed 1M bbl/day, behind only Texas, but while Texas captures all but 1% of the natural gas produced, North Dakota burns 30% of its output as waste as the rate of production has outstripped companies' ability to capture gas through pipeline connections at the source.
    • The North Dakota Industrial Commission is aiming for a 26% reduction in gas flaring statewide by Q4 of this year and another 23% by Q1 2015.
    • Top Bakken producers include CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, XOM, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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  • Jun. 30, 2014, 12:42 PM
    • New York’s cities and towns can block fracking within their borders, the state’s highest court rules, upholding the dismissal of lawsuits challenging bans in two small upstate towns.
    • The ruling could lead the oil and gas industry to abandon fracking in New York, or it could mean that a patchwork of rules eventually may govern whether exploration can take place across the state; the case also may invigorate local challenges to the practice in states across the U.S.
    • Parts of New York sit above the Marcellus Shale, some of whose top producers are: CHK, RRC, RDS.A, RDS.B, TLM, APC, ATLS, COG, CVX, CNX, EQT, EOG, XOM, WPX, XCO, CRZO, SWN.
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  • Jun. 25, 2014, 7:17 PM
    • The decision to allow two Texas companies to export condensates looks like a win for Eagle Ford Shale crude producers at the expense of refiners and companies planning to build processing plants along the Gulf coast.
    • Today's selloff in refiners reflected concern that the groups will lose some of their competitive edge if condensate exports become common: Valero Energy (NYSE:VLO), the largest U.S. refiner, dropped 8.3%, PBF tumbled 10.7%, PSX fell 4.2%, and HFC slid 6.7%.
    • Oppenheimer notes that PXD, DVN, MRO, COP and MUR produce the most Eagle Ford condensate, and could benefit if U.S. condensate prices close some of the gap with European prices; EOG, the largest Eagle Ford producer, produces little condensate and likely benefits little from the lifting of the condensate ban.
    • Investor reaction toward Gulf Coast gathering and processing MLPs such as EPD, MMP, KMP and NGLS was more muted, since plans to build splitters in Texas may be undermined by even modest rule changes in the crude export ban that allow Eagle Ford producers to sell condensate after running it from the wellhead to their own nearby - and much cheaper - distillation towers.
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  • Jun. 18, 2014, 12:24 PM
    • North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale formation, is now the fourth state in U.S. history to produce more than 1M bbl/day of oil, as the state's Department of Mineral Resources reports output rose 2.5% in April from March to just above 1M bbl/day.
    • North Dakota now produces more than 12% of all U.S. oil and more than 1% of global production - unimaginable just a decade ago
    • Texas, California and Alaska previously have crossed the million-barrel mark; of the three, only Texas remains above it, at almost 3M bbl/day.
    • Among Bakken producers: CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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  • Jun. 10, 2014, 3:45 PM
    • Aubrey McClendon would seem to be overpaying in his $2.5B purchase of 63K acres in the Permian Basin "unless he knows more than we do," Jim Cramer says while acknowledging that McClendon - a "genius" a buying energy-rich land - probably does.
    • Some companies have figured out the "code" to drilling in the Permian Basin, and McClendon is unlikely to have overpaid in the long run, Cramer says.
    • McClendon's American Energy Partners is not publicly traded, but investors can benefit from the Permian Basin boom by buying stocks such as Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), EOG Resources (EOG) and Cimarex Energy (XEC), Cramer believes.
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  • Jun. 9, 2014, 11:49 AM
    • EOG Resources' (EOG +1.1%) crude oil production surged 42% in Q1, and if business stays on course, as expected, the E&P company could enjoy a 32% jump in earnings this year, according to a weekend profile in Barron's.
    • EOG's enterprise value is 6.9x this year's estimated EBITDA, roughly in line with the EV/EBITDA multiples accorded competitors Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Devon Energy (DVN), but the story says it deserves a loftier multiple than the group, given its significant drilling inventory, superior production growth, lower debt ratio, and 15.6% return on equity vs. an average of 9.5% among peers.
    • EOG raised its 2014 goal for growth in crude oil production to 29% from a prior 27%, and for total energy production to 12% from an earlier 11.5%, but its estimates often prove conservative, sparking expectations for more upward revisions as the year unfolds.
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  • May. 23, 2014, 12:26 PM
    • The revelation that California's Monterey Shale deposit will yield only 4% of what was originally hoped was not a big surprise to those in the know, who say the downgrade does little to alter the near-term trajectory of the energy renaissance.
    • Monterey's terrain, as well as California's strict environmental regulation, always meant full scale drilling would be difficult; Chevron (CVX) bemoaned the lack of profit derived from its Monterey operations at a 2013 shareholders meeting, and Venoco - once one of the biggest drillers in the formation - exited most of its Monterey acreage years ago in order to reduce debt and go private.
    • The Monterey news does spotlight an element of the shale boom that often goes unremarked by fracking advocates: Shale wells are prone to rapid depletion rates, as spots in North Dakota's Bakken lose 85% of their capacity within a few years.
    • Among Bakken producers: CLR, EOG, KOG, WLL, HES, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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  • May. 21, 2014, 6:30 PM
    • Oil and gas producers in the Bakken Shale saw a pickup in production in March and should see an even bigger increase as the weather turns warmer, according to a new report from RBC Capital.
    • Bakken development activity rose to 200 well completions in March vs. 70 in February, and well backlog remains high at ~635 wells, RBC says, expecting operators to work through the backlog since North Dakota has experienced a relatively warm spring.
    • "As completion activity catches up in the early summer and drilling activity remains strong, oil production should top 1M bbl/day around mid-year, the report says.
    • The projection bodes well for producers with a heavy footprint in the Bakken, such as Continental Resources (CLR), EOG Resources (EOG) and Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG).
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  • May. 20, 2014, 6:58 PM
    • Bakken crude oil is similar to other North American light, sweet grades and does not pose a greater rail transportation risk than other transportation fuels, according to a report compiled for a North Dakota energy producers lobby group.
    • The study shows Bakken crude is more volatile than heavier oils such as from Canada’s tar sands, but is similar to light crudes produced elsewhere in the U.S., with characteristics that fall well within the margin of safety for the current tank car fleet.
    • The oil producers' study follows a report with similar results issued last week by a refining industry group.
    • Among Bakken producers: CLR, EOG, WLL, HES, KOG, OAS, NOG, EOX, MRO.
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  • May. 20, 2014, 3:32 PM
    • Anadarko Petroleum (APC -1.1%) is looking too pricey after a 25% YTD gain for Barclays analyst Thomas Driscoll, who downgrades shares to Equal Weight from Overweight.
    • It is easy to understand the enthusiasm for APC considering the strong record of deepwater exploration success, the willingness to monetize assets and the large discovery in Mozambique, Driscoll says; yet Continental Resources (CLR), EOG Resources (EOG) and Noble Energy (NBL) all are likely to grow twice as fast as APC while lacking any appreciable premium in their shares.
    • The analyst prefers Devon Energy (DVN +1.2%), which he says has made decisive steps to upgrade its portfolio in recent months, significantly improving its near-term investment opportunity set.
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EOG Resources Inc explores for, develops, produces and markets crude oil and natural gasin the USA, Trinidad, United Kingdom, China, Argentina and, from time to time, select other international areas.