Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018

With the global oil supply/demand balance expected to show a significant deficit in the second half of 2017, oil prices should move up to a new level and the upstream offshore market should start to recover. Offshore drillers are late-cycle stocks. Past cycles indicate that the activity bottom is reached 18 months after the oil price bottom. Share prices usually bottom in between.

In 2014, the break even costs for offshore oil were said to be $10/b to $20/b lower than U.S. shale oil. Since then, the costs of U.S. shale oil have come down significantly, but according to a recent Rystad study, the oil costs of new offshore projects have at least matched that cost decline. Without a significant recovery of upstream offshore activity, global oil supply will not be able to match demand in a few years.

On the floater supply side, I think that scrapping will continue to exceed new arrivals. The year 2018 will be the financially most difficult year for offshore drillers, but upstream offshore activity will most likely show a clear uptrend, lifting the spirits and the stock prices.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) dropped about 6.4% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $4.36 after closing at $4.66 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $13.39. Volume was around 19 million, about 15% below the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, energy shares fell 1.02 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 8 percent, and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P (NASDAQ: CLMT) down 7 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 0.76 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE: WLL), down 6 percent, and Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZN) down 7 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) posted a new 52-week low of $4.81 on Friday, down about 7.5% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $5.20. The stock’s 52-week high is $13.39. Volume totaled around 21 million shares, about 5% higher than the daily average. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    According to Yahoo Finance, this holds for Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO), which is showing 22.63 percent against the float, Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: WLL), currently at 22.55 percent, as well as several others held by the ETF. If your own short-term thesis is in line with this trend, the bear ETF might be the optimal way of approaching that industry.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) is a $17.56 billion company that transports and distributes petroleum. MMP is shaping up to be one of the best 2017 oil stocks.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My more conservative income recommendation from a year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), rose by 13% while yielding over 4%.

    Following last year’s excellent results, Magellan Midstream remains my Top Pick for income investors for the coming year.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after oil tumbled after data pointed to higher inventories of crude.

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    Marathon Oildropped 8.7% to $14.87, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,362.98, as Front Month Nymex Crude futures for April delivery slid 5.4% to $50.28., leading some to wonder if the price oil could drop below $50 a barrel.

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

    The oil rout began after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil inventories rose by 8.2 million barrels to reach $518.4 million, a record level.

    Marathon Oil’s market capitalization fell to $12.6 billion today from $13.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.1 billion on sales of $4.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) surged to the top of the S&P 500 today as oil surged 9.3% after OPEC agreed to cut production and giving energy stocks a boost.

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    Shares of Marathon Oil jumped 21% to $18.06, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,198.81, and the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) climbed 5.1% to $74.43.

    In a note published on Nov. 21, Morgan Stanley’sEvan Calio and team named Marathon Oil as one of the four stocks they expected to outperform if OPEC actually delivered a production cut:

    Beta Should Lead At The Start of A Rally: Best ideas in the first leg up: Marathon Oil, Devon Energy (DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Continental Resources (CLR). If OPEC announces a cut, whether moderate or deep, we expect that in the initial move up, moderate value beta names, like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, andContinental Resources will lead.For a $5 increase in oil prices, we estimate 2017 cash flow per share would increase 12-18% for these stocks vs. the remainder of the group at 12%. Of these four, short interest is modest for all exceptContinental Resources at 25%, among the highest in our universe. Outperformance of these names should be driven by investors adding to long positions, not short covering.

    Good call. Not only did Marathon soar, but Devon Energy jumped 15% to $48.33, Anadarko Petroleum climbed 15% to $69.15, and Continental Resources surged 23% to $58.01.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.7% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $11.33 after closing Monday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was nearly 50% higher than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Halliburton (HAL) : “I liked Halliburton’s analyst day, but I think Schlumberger (SLB) is even better.”

    Noble Energy (NBL) : “Noble’s good. It’s a very well-run, conservative company. It should do well in this environment.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How strong is the earnings recovery? Of the 18 stocks that reported this morning, 13 beat forecasts, including Halliburton (HAL), and Hasbro (HAS). BofA Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian and team note that for the first time since 2012, analysts are raising their earnings forecasts as earnings season progresses:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is a top energy pick for four reasons: 1) the company’s significant leverage to the U.S. onshore market, 2) potential for incremental margin growth, 3) expectations for positive earnings revision and 4) strong balance sheet and a “well respected” management team.

  • [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]

    But what really differentiates SLB from rivals such as Halliburton Company (HAL) is its client list.

    Instead of focusing on North America, Schlumberger has a global portfolio, and thus its revenues are well, worldlier. Thats important, because state-owned energy firms can have a different mandate than publicly traded energy stocks. They often drill despite losses. Plus, the multitude of operating regions means some could be profitable, covering for when others are not.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Halliburton (HAL) has gotten beaten up this year…and even today’s earnings beat doesn’t capable of reversing its fortunes.

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    Halliburton reported a profit of 4 cents, beating forecasts for 3 cents, on sales of $4.28 billion, narrowly edging expectations for $4.27 billion. Halliburton’s shares were trading higher before the market opened, but have declined have declined 0.3% to $46.90 at 1:56 p.m. today.

    Evercore ISI’s James West sees a “margin explosion” coming for Halliburton during the second half of the year, while comparing the oil-services giant to LeBron:

    With the start of the year already regarded as a transition period, we view the companys decision to sacrifice near term margins in order to accelerate long-term profitability and revenue growth as a defensive, yet calculated, and preemptive maneuver. Execution does remain a risk but naysayers seem to utter similar indecencies about LeBron James each year as the playoffs arrive. You dont doubt the king, and HAL is the clear market leader when it comes to NAM completions, in our view. The change in HALs reporting format makes syncing HALs commentary with its financials more difficult, but NAM comprised 68% and 61% of C&P revenues in 2014 and 2015, respectively (71% and 21% of EBIT). As such, the broader segment should be a good proxy for the region. Abatement of cost inflation, or at least a deceleration as we progress beyond the first step-change in activity of the cycle should serve as an additional tailwind for margins. The most likely benefit will come from proppant costs as sand mines resume processing finer mesh grades following the winter hiatus. Additional frac capacity is being reactivated at leading edge prices, evidenced by the fact that incremental margins improved throughout the first quarter, and the company continues to repair legacy contracts and commitments. The improvement of the broader po

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team say news and caution are weighing on energy and health-care sectors. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Apache (APA) , Cimarex (XEC) , Arconic (ARNC) and Allergan (AGN) with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Tuesday was Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) which traded down over 7% at $42.51. The stocks 52-week range is $38.14 to $69.00. Volume was over 14 million versus the daily average of 3.4 million shares.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Friday Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) which rose about 5.7% to $44.22. The stocks 52-week range is $38.14 to $69.00. Volume was5 million compared to its average volume of 3.3 million.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

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    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Range Resources (RRC) was upgraded to outperform at BMO. $44 price target The valuation is more attractive, as business fundamentals are improving, BMO said. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) dropped about 12.8% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $17.71 after closing at $20.30 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $43.60. Volume was nearly 20 million, nearly 4 times the daily average. The natural gas producer missed estimates this morning and revised its growth projections downward. It was one of several energy companies that took some price target cuts from analysts.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch For 2018: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vodafone Group (VOD) , Schlumberger (SLB) , Encana (ECA) , Arconic (ARNC) and AdvanSix (ASIX) .

    Cramer was bearish on U.S. Silica Holdings (SLCA) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is rated Buy with an unchanged price target of $16. The EPS estimate for 2017 was lowered from $0.42 to $0.34, and the 2018 estimate was also lowered, from $1.47 to $1.28. The shares ended the weekat $11.44, in a 52-week range of $4.90 to $13.85. The consensus 12-month price target is $14.95.

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Canada-based Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) was the eighth top oil company stock in 2016, with a 131% gain over the year. ECA and its subsidiaries focus on developing, exploring, producing, and marketing natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil in North America.

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