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More details emerged about the proposed initial public offering (IPO) of shares in the world’s largest company, the state oil giant Saudi Aramco, following comments Saudi oil ministry advisor Ibrahim Muhanna made to the Wall Street Journal. The company will likely float around 5% of its shares, Muhanna said, and the listing may come within the next year.

Company History

Saudi Aramco, officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, began as a Saudi-American joint enterprise in the 1930s. The Saudi government began building up a stake in the 1973, following the Yom Kippur War, and took full control in 1980. The company is the largest in the world by a significant margin, though the exact size is unknown. Reporting Muhanna’s comments, the WSJ cited a “conservative number” of $2.5 trillion, but the paper has put forward a high estimate of $10 trillion in the past. (See also, Saudi Aramco: An IPO for the World’s Largest Firm?)

otc stocks: tronc, Inc. (TRNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    In a purge fairly unprecedented in American newspapers, Tronc (TRNC) has replaced the senior leadership of the Los Angeles Times. With a single announcement, the company announced both new leadership for the Times’ business side and for its newsroom.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Tronc Inc. (NASDAQ: TRNC) had a gigantic buyer recently. Michael Ferro, who is a director, purchased a stunning 2,500,000 sharesat $15 apiece. The total for the trade was an incredible $37,500,000.Thismultiplatform media and marketing solutions company publishes newspapers in the United States, as well as provides a suite of digital marketing services for local, regional and national marketers. Its shares ended trading on Friday at $13.87.Their 52-week trading range is $8.76 to $17.93, and the Wall Street consensus price target is $21.

otc stocks: CVR Refining, LP(CVRR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of CVR Refining LP (NYSE: CVRR) were down 11 percent to $10.00. Velocity Midstream Partners and CVR Refining disclosed the execution of agreements related to the construction of a crude oil pipeline from the SCOOP play in Central Oklahoma to CVR's Wynnewood refinery.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.

    Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013
    Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) $12.27 $9.26
    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) $13.67 $9.88
    HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC  ) $24.00 $20.28
    CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) $28.08 $20.30

    Source: Company Earnings releases

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

otc stocks: PrimeEnergy Corporation(PNRG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.18 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 8 percent, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) down 3 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Monday, energy shares fell 1.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included PrimeEnergy Corporation (NASDAQ: PNRG), down 4 percent, and Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ: CRZO) down 7 percent.

otc stocks: Critical Elements Corporation (CRECF)

Advisors’ Opinion:


    ILC reminds me of Critical Elements [TSXV:CRE] (OTCQX:CRECF) having five projects (CRE has 11), and also of Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) (OTCPK:GALXF) by being diversified across brine and spodumene and across three continents. Also some similarity with Neo Lithium’s (OTC:NTTHF) [TSXV:NLC] early stage Argentinean brine project which I recently wrote about here. However, ILC trades at a much smaller market cap of US$8m to that of Critical Elements (US$85m) or Galaxy Resources (US$724m). This is partly due to ILC giving away significant percentages of their projects, and because they are still in the early stages of development.

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