Yesterday was a good day for commodity names, with some big moves in both speculative plays and blue chips which were just getting into the sweet spot of our buying ranges. The rally that occurred yesterday has taken many of the blue chips back outside of those ranges, so we believe it better to be patient at this time as opposed to panicking and trying to chase the market. Thus far it has paid to be patient as many names that have rallied in the past have revisited pre-rally levels not too long after having taken off.
Looking at the commodity markets early this morning, our watch list shows a sweep, with every commodity posting a red arrow. RBOB Gasoline is holding above the $2/gallon level, helped by oil's recent strength no doubt, but oil is retreating back below the all-important $60/barrel level.
Chart of the Day:
Looking at the six month chart of WTI Crude below, it is apparent just how important $60/barrel is to both the bulls and the bears. It is the agreed-upon battleground for now and those investing in the energy space should pay careful attention to WTI Crude as this plays out, especially with OPEC's meeting just around the corner.
Commodity prices are as follows (at time of submission):
- Gold: $1,188.20/ounce, down by $6.20/ounce
- Silver: $16.615/ounce, down by $0.184/ounce
- Oil: $59.87/barrel, down by $1.39/barrel
- RBOB Gas: $2.0178/gallon, down by $0.047/gallon
- Natural Gas: $2.687/MMbtu, down by $0.011/MMbtu
- Copper: $2.7255/pound, down by $0.0105/pound
- Platinum: $1,112.20/ounce, down by $0.60/ounce
Drilling Rig Operators Rise
Even though drilling rig rates and utilization continue to decline, investors warmed up to the sector yesterday as the entire energy complex moved higher. Shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) and Ocean Rig UDW (NASDAQ:ORIG) were all higher yesterday after various analyst comments concerning the industry as a whole and the impact that could be felt across the industry if the current trend of oil companies extending contracts out for longer periods at lower rates hold. While lower rates are not ideal for investors, the fact of the matter is that analysts have lowered estimates so much that any uptick in utilization directly impacts estimates for revenue, earnings and cash flow which means that positive news flow could pick up and result in a bottom having been put in industrywide.
After yesterday's close, Ocean Rig UDW, which is majority owned by DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), announced a secondary offering. The company said that it intended to use the proceeds from the secondary for, "working capital and general corporate purposes, including the acquisition of drilling rigs." Ocean Rig shares ended lower in after hours trading.
PDC Energy Failed Again
With almost every single energy name we follow trading higher yesterday, PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) stuck out like a sore thumb after failing to take successfully out the $60/share level again. The shares opened strongly, charging to $60.10/share, but once again the buying weakened and the shares retreated back into the $59/share territory before finishing the session at $58.82/share. The fact that the stock was unable to find momentum in yesterday's market to take out the resistance it has run into around the $60/share area of the chart is troubling, and one has to wonder if the stock cannot move above that level in yesterday's market, then what will it take?
Halcon Resources Soars
Shares of Halcon Resources (NYSE:HK) soared higher yesterday as investors were generally bullish energy names and the market reacted to the company's CEO, Floyd Wilson, increasing his ownership in the company by nearly 25%. The shares closed at $1.31/share after rising $0.24/share, or 22.43%, during yesterday's trading session. Mr. Wilson filed a Form 4 with the SEC showing that he purchased one million shares between $1.025/share and $1.04/share between May 28th and May 29th to bring his total holdings of Halcon shares to 5,285,000 shares owned directly and indirectly.
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