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9 Top Oil And Gas Stocks To Avoid In January

|Includes: ConocoPhillips (COP), CVX, EC, RDS.B, XOM

These 9 gas and oil stocks were recently rated highest by TheStreet.com's value-focused stock rating model. At Seasonal Odds, we examined their average performance during the month of January over the last five years. We found that while possibly good investments overall, these stocks succumb to strong January seasonal effects, with Exxon (NYSE:XOM), Chevron (NYSE:CVX) Conoco (NYSE:COP) and Shell (NYSE:RDS.B) all seeing significant declines during the month on average. Only Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) typically sees a positive return in January.

Companies Discussed

Exxon Mobil Corporation or ExxonMobil, is an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas, United States. It is a direct descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil company,and was formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. It is affiliated with Imperial Oil which operates in Canada.

Chevron Corporation is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in San Ramon, California, United States, and active in more than 180 countries. It is engaged in every aspect of the oil, gas, and geothermal energy industries, including exploration and production; refining, marketing and transport; chemicals manufacturing and sales; and power generation.

Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known as Shell, is an Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands and with its registered office in London, United Kingdom. It is the biggest company in the world in terms of revenue. As of September 2012, its largest shareholder is BlackRock with 5% stake, while the Qatar Investment Authority has announced a plan to raise its stake from below 3% to 7%. Shell is vertically integrated and is active in every area of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, power generation and trading. It also has major renewable energy activities, including in biofuels, hydrogen, solar and wind power. It has operations in over 90 countries, produces around 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and has 44,000 service stations worldwide.

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