Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018

What happened

Crude prices crumbled on Wednesday, closing more than 5% down to around $50 per barrel, after oil inventories jumped to a new record. Overall, crude stockpiles rose by 8.2 million barrels, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which was well above the analyst consensus for a 1.97 million-barrel increase. It was the ninth straight weekly increase in crude stockpiles and came even though OPEC and several non-member nations have reduced their output to drain the market’s oversupply. While most participating countries are following through with their pledges, rising shale supplies and falling demand from China are counteracting the impact of the output reduction.

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).

Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: EQT Corporation(EQT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Gary Jakacky]

    On the other hand, our economy shows more strength by the day. Oil prices remain stuck in a five year range. Natural gas prices are testing new lows: successful fracking techniques recently announced by EQT Corporation (EQT) in Seeking Alpha (10/17/2013 @ 2:29 PM on Market Currents) could cut over $1.5 billion from the costs of drilling for gas, as well as assuage "environmentalist" concerns about fracking. Fuel is a major cost for transportation companies. So maybe IYT can catch a third breath?

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT) which traded down about 9% at $53.50. The stocks 52-week range is $52.67 to $80.61. Volume was over 21.5 million versus the daily average of 2.2 million shares.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    The activist hedge fund’s latest 13F revealed a stake in Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN), and on Monday, it announced a new position in EQT Corporation (NYSE: EQT).

  • [By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman]

    In today’s segment, Joel South talks about an intriguing development from EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT  ) and Green Field Services, where the companies drilled a multistage fracked natural gas well in the Marcellus shale using 100% field natural gas. Using natural gas from close wells instead ofdieselto power rigs could be another game changer as oil and gas companies continue to increase drilling efficiencies and thereby significantly lower costs.

Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: Joy Global Inc.(JOY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Income investors appreciate stocks that pay lucrative dividends, and recently, many companies have seen the value in treating shareholders well by boosting their regular payouts. Yet a few holdouts simply don’t show their appreciation for their investors through dividends. For whatever reason, rather than having no dividend at all, Joy Global (NYSE:JOY), Textron (NYSE:TXT), and Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) maintain the tiniest of quarterly payments. Let’s look more closely at these stocks to see why they do what they do with their dividends.

Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: Newfield Exploration Company(NFX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lear also sees strong “upside potential” forConcho Resources (CXO), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Newfield Exploration (NFX) as well performance improves in the Permian/STACK, and also writes positively on Devon Energy (DVN).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, energy shares fell by 1.27 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE: NFX), down 9 percent, and Parker Drilling Company (NYSE: PKD), down 14 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Wednesday was an up-and-down day for the stock market, which lost substantial ground early in the day only to climb back toward the unchanged mark by the end of the session. A slight rise for the Dow Jones Industrials led to yet another record-high close, and although other major market benchmarks weren’t quite as lofty, they nevertheless finished with only modest losses on the day. Generally favorable news and sentiment helped the market bounce back during the day, but some stocks still finished lower. Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX), Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT), and Nautilus (NYSE:NLS) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Large Caps. Our E&P coverage is pricing in $61/bbl WTI and $3.30 gas, and with a lower crude forecast the group is looking less compelling. We argue names that continue to demonstrate resource improvement at the low-end of the cost curve, namely in the Permian and STACK remain attractive, such as Concho Resources (CXO), Devon Energy (DVN), Newfield Exploration (NFX) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD). Noble (NBL) remains a compelling value, though has yet to commit to an accelerated US onshore drilling program.

Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: SM Energy Company(SM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM) and W&T Offshore, Inc. (NYSE: WTI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc (NYSE: HLX), SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM), and Ecopetrol SA (ADR) (NYSE: EC).

  • [By Andrew Efimoff]

    WTI crude oil plunged 3.11 percent on Friday to $48.99 a barrel. Below are the biggest energy losers for the day:

    California Resources Corporation (NYSE: CRC): -19.22%
    Dynamic Materials (NASDAQ: BOOM): -12.39%
    Clayton Williams Energy (NYSE: CWEI): -11.45%
    Dynergy (NYSE: DYN): -11.91%
    EP Energy Corporation (NYSE: EPE): -11.20%
    Mexco Energy (NYSE: MXC) -10.90%
    Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) -10.79%
    Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) -10.79%
    SM Energy Company (NYSE: SM) -10.38%
    Real Goods Solar (NASDAQ: RGSE) -10.34%

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Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.

    B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.

Best Energy Stocks To Watch For 2018: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) literally has its ear to the ground when it comes to deciphering what’s going on in the oil market. The company studies oil reservoirs, which tell it what’s happening with production, giving it a deep level of understanding on the supply side of the market. Core Labs takes what the reservoirs are saying, compares this with other data, and then blends it into an informed macro view of the oil market, which CEO David Demshur shared on the company’s recent quarterly earnings conference call. Here are five things he says the reservoirs are telling us about what’s really going on in the oil market.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter.
    Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba.
    Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision.
    Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results.
    Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday
    Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday.
    Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share.
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday.
    Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday.
    Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.

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  • [By Craig Jones]

    Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) performed poorly and it is in the oil business. Cramer wouldn’t buy it, because he doesn’t want to recommend a stock in the oil and gas business.

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