Tue, Jan. 13, 3:23 PM
- J.P. Morgan's Joseph Allman is “mildly bullish” on oil and gas E&P companies in 2015, as short-term nervousness about the oil market’s oversupply is outweighed by the benefits of low oil prices, declining service costs and a more balanced oil market.
- Allman’s favorite picks among big-cap names are EOG, APC and NBL, among mid-caps are XEC and PXD, plus PDCE in the small-cap space; his least favorite stocks are APA, AREX, GDP and JONE.
- Among majors, JPM analysts Phil Gresh and John Royall initiate SunCor (NYSE:SU) at Overweight, citing "top tier sustainable dividend coverage and leverage, with some underlying growth potential"; the pair also downgrade Cenovus (NYSE:CVE) to Neutral, tags ConocoPhillips with an Underweight rating, and are neutral on Exxon (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX).
- Earlier: Valero Energy upgraded, Marathon Petroleum downgraded at J.P. Morgan
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, VDE, OIH, XOP, ERY, DIG, DUG, IYE, IEO, PXE, FENY, PXJ, RYE, FXN, DDG
Mon, Jan. 5, 8:32 AM
- Jordan reportedly has halted talks to import natural gas from Israel from Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and will sign an agreement with BG Group (OTCPK:BRGXF, OTCQX:BRGYY) to buy Gaza Strip gas.
- Jordan stopped negotiations after Israel’s antitrust regulator said he was reconsidering a decision to let a group led by NBL develop the country’s two biggest natural gas fields, according to a Jordanian legislator, who said "we cannot proceed with talks until we know which side will develop the gas field in Israel."
Fri, Jan. 2, 10:35 AM
- Noble Energy (NBL -2.6%) reportedly is suspending negotiations with Israel Shipyards until the future of the natural gas industry in Israel becomes clear; the negotiations are for a seven-year extension of the lease for the base of NBL's marine activity.
- Israel's antitrust regulator last week ruled that the Tamar and Leviathan fields in which the NBL-led partnership holds respective 85% and 67% stakes comprise a natural gas monopoly and that the partners must sell one or the other, reversing an earlier decision that the partnership could keep both fields providing they sell two smaller gas prospects.
Dec. 23, 2014, 5:07 PM
- Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) tumbled 3.8% today after Israel’s antitrust regulator threatened to break the NBL-led consortium's hold on the country’s gas resources.
- NBL and its partners are requesting a hearing after the antitrust authority said it would not agree to final approval on the drilling plan for the Leviathan field, one of the largest gas fields to have been found in recent years.
- The group has reached preliminary deals to export substantial quantities of Leviathan gas to Jordan and to liquefied natural gas facilities in Egypt.
- A move by the regulator to break up the consortium likely would lead to further delays on Leviathan, which already has proved difficult to develop.
Dec. 23, 2014, 7:50 AM
- Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) and Delek Group (OTCQX:DGRLY) could lose part of their combined 85% ownership of Israel's giant Leviathan natural gas field, as the country's antitrust regulator considers allowing other companies to hold stakes in the field.
- Reopening the agreement would “cause regulatory uncertainty and seriously delay the development of the Leviathan field,” an Israeli analyst says.
- The Israeli firms involved in the project, including Delek, Avner Oil (OTCPK:AVOGF) and Ratio Oil (OTC:RTEXF), all dropped sharply on the Tel Aviv exchange.
- The Leviathan gas field was discovered off Israel’s Mediterranean coast in 2010, a year after the smaller Tamar site was found; together, they hold ~29T cf of gas.
Dec. 22, 2014, 10:45 AM
- Natural gas prices fall 9.5% to near two-year lows at $3.133/mmBtu, in the biggest one-day percentage loss since February and the lowest intraday price since January 2013, on mild weather forecasts and inventory that is above year-ago levels.
- Prices are now down more than 15% in three straight losing sessions and are 30% lower than the six-month high closing price of $4.489/mmBtu it hit just a month ago.
- Weather has been unseasonably warm for December, limiting demand for home heating and allowing relatively low stockpiles to catch up to where they were a year ago and encouraging traders to sell based on the belief that supply is relatively healthy.
- Gas producers are among the biggest early decliners: XOM -1.1%, CHK -7.3%, APC -2.6%, SWN -6%, DVN -2.2%, COP -2.3%, BP -1.5%, COG -4%, BHP -1.9%, CVX -1.3%, ECA -5.1%, EQT -4.3%, RDS.A -1.7%, UPL -12%, WPX -6.9%, EOG -1%, OXY -1.1%, RRC -6.1%, APA -2.3%, AR -3.2%, CNX -3%, QEP -4.8%, LINE -4.9%, NBL -1.6%, SM -2.6%, XEC -4.2%, PXD -2.9%, NFX -5.1%.
- ETFs: UNG, DGAZ, UGAZ, BOIL, GAZ, FCG, GASL, KOLD, UNL, NAGS, DCNG
Dec. 17, 2014, 12:26 PM
- FBR Capital chooses Noble Energy (NBL +8.8%), Schlumberger (SLB +4.6%), Synergy Resources (SYRG +6%), Consol Energy (CNX +3.4%) and SunEdison (SUNE +0.7%) as its top energy and natural resources stocks for 2015.
- FBR likes NBL's strong combination of shale assets that are still immature in their adoption and application of technology, which is scalable; a strong balance sheet; and a portfolio that offers abundant exploration risk/reward potential.
- SLB is FBR's favorite energy stock among those whose secular earnings power is clearly the most likely to significantly expand over the next five years and/or is underestimated at current market multiples.
- SYRG offers investors exposure to industry-leading production growth and a solid balance sheet, a unique combination for a small-cap equity, the firm says.
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.
Nov. 27, 2014, 5:11 AM
- Oil/energy and consumer-goods underperformers lead the way.
- Total return takes into account all distributions.
- Table of S&P 500's biggest total-return losers YTD
Nov. 20, 2014, 8:39 AM
- Israel's Tamar gas field reportedly would get a $1.5B-$2B expansion of production capabilities with new wells, platform upgrades and an underwater pipeline to Egypt if a final supply deal is signed with Spain's Union Fenosa Gas.
- If the deal is finalized, the U.S.-Israeli group running Tamar would cover pipeline costs up to the maritime border with Egypt and UFG would pay for the rest.
- The group includes Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), which holds 36%, in addition to Israeli companies Avner Oil (OTCPK:AVOGF) and Delek Drilling (OTC:DKDRF); Union Fenosa Gas is a joint venture between Spain's Gas Natural (OTCPK:GASNY) and Italy's Eni (NYSE:E).
Nov. 13, 2014, 3:20 PM
- U.S. crude oil prices break below $75/bbl for the first time in more than three years, brushing aside an IEA report showing a surprise 1.735M barrel inventory drawdown as well as remarks by the Saudi oil minister dismissing talk of an oil price war among producers.
- West Texas crude settled today at $74.21/bbl, -3.9% and breaking below an important support level; during the past three years, futures have tested but not broken through that level three times.
- Brent crude recently was trading below $78, -3%.
- Global oil majors are all lower: COP -1.9%, BP -1.4%, CVX -1.4%, XOM -1.1%, TOT -0.9%, RDS.A -0.7%.
- Oil services companies and offshore drillers suffer even sharper drops: SDRL -4.4%, SLB -4.2%, HAL -3.9%, BHI -3.9%, RIG -3.8%, DO -3.5%, NBL -2.9%.
- ETFs: USO, XLE, OIL, UCO, ERX, VDE, OIH, SCO, XOP, ERY, DIG, BNO, UGA, DTO, DBO, DUG, XES, IYE, IEO, CRUD, IXC, IEZ, PXE, USL, UWTI, IPW, FENY, PXJ, UHN, DWTI, DNO, RYE, FXN, SZO, GNAT, OLO, DDG, FILL, OLEM, TWTI
Nov. 11, 2014, 11:26 AM
- A new report from J.P. Morgan says hammered stocks in the energy exploration and production sector may have bottomed, even if the price of oil hasn’t yet.
- JPM says investors looking to buy energy stocks should buy the E&P names with operational momentum and strong balance sheets, including Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) and EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), which the firm sees as potential takeover candidates.
- The firm also likes Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC).
Oct. 28, 2014, 10:49 AM
- Noble Energy (NBL +0.8%) is modestly higher after reporting Q3 earnings that missed estimates but more than doubled from the previous year while revenues slipped 9% as it realized lower prices for crude oil and natural gas liquids.
- NBL says total sales volumes rose 3% Y/Y to average 302K boe/day, its highest ever and a 3% Y/Y increase, and that the growth would be 10% after taking into account assets the company had sold since Q3 2013.
- Average realized prices for crude oil and condensates fell 9%, average realized prices increased 5% for natural gas, and natural gas liquids prices fell 5.5%.
- Total Q3 operating expenses grew 19%.
- Sees Q4 volumes of 307M-327M boe/day; the midpoint of the updated sales volume range represents a 15% gain over Q4 of last year after adjusting for the impact of the sale of its Piceance Basin assets.
Oct. 28, 2014, 7:30 AM
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