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Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

It’s easy to see why Warren Buffett, the founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) is one of the most admired investors in the world. He’s made early investors in Berkshire millionaires thanks to his investing and business prowess, and his homespun aphorisms have taught many of us key lessons about investing and money management. 

Though he’s one of the richest people in the world, he still lives in a modest house in Nebraska and continues to work every day even as he approaches age 90.

Buffett fans probably already have a sense of what kind of stocks the Oracle of Omaha like, but you may not have thought of these three. Keep reading to see why our contributors recommend ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and SodaStream International (NASDAQ:SODA).

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Bigger can be better

John Bromels (ExxonMobil): Buffett famously said, “It’s better to invest in a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.” And ExxonMobil’s price is looking more than fair right now, thanks to some questions about the company’s oil production capacity.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Melrose Industries (LON:MRO) had its price target upped by Barclays to GBX 260 ($3.39) in a research report report published on Monday. They currently have an overweight rating on the stock.

  • [By Zacks]

    Oil production is surging in Canada but producers are far from happy as their profit margin is sinking and they are striving to stay competitive with their U.S. counterparts. While upstream companies like Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO), Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) and others are enjoying the shale boom and rebound in prices in the United States, their Canadian counterparts like Cenovus Energy Inc. (NYSE: CVE) and others are thinking of reducing production. The primary reason behind this is the shortage of pipelines in the country. In short, pipeline construction in Canada has failed to keep pace with rising domestic oil production – the heavier sour variety churned out of the oil sands –  resulting in infrastructural bottlenecks. This has also forced producers to give away their products at a discounted rate.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Melrose Industries PLC (LON:MRO) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a buy recommendation. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 255 ($3.30).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down over 5% at $19.99. The stock’s 52-week range is $10.55 to $22.12. Volume was over 17 million compared to the daily average volume of 12.8 million.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Morgan Stanley set a $19.00 price objective on Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) in a report published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) had its target price raised by Morgan Stanley from $16.00 to $20.00 in a research report report published on Wednesday morning. Morgan Stanley currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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    ECA has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley raised shares of Encana from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and upped their price target for the company from $15.00 to $18.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Evercore ISI raised shares of Encana from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the company from $10.84 to $16.00 in a report on Wednesday, March 7th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Encana from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Scotiabank raised shares of Encana from a “sector perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their price target for the company from $13.00 to $14.00 in a report on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Goldman Sachs cut their price target on shares of Encana from $17.25 to $14.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 13th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, twenty-two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $15.28.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was started with an Outperform rating at BMO Capital Markets with a $74 price target. The Wall Street consensus target for the oil giant is set at $74.35. The shares ended trading Friday at $69.43.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Intersect Capital LLC lowered its stake in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) by 13.1% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 8,221 shares of the energy producer’s stock after selling 1,237 shares during the period. Intersect Capital LLC’s holdings in ConocoPhillips were worth $572,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    CFRA has Buy or Strong Buy ratings on 31 energy stocks, including XLE top 10 holdings such as Chevron and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP).

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    “Bell added that President Trump's decision to exit the Iran deal will lead to sanctions on Iran, which is OPEC's third largest supplier of oil, averaging 3.8 million barrels per day (mmb/d),” said Rosenbluth. “CFRA expects Iran's output to be realistically reduced by about 300,000 b/d. CFRA's equity analytical team thinks investing opportunities are found in not only upstream E&P companies, but also downstream refiners as the spread between WTI and Brent prices widen.”

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short dropped to 17.34 million from the previous level of 18.27 million. Shares were trading at $68.71, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $71.71.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    With the mixed signals coming out of OPEC, oil prices could be quite volatile until the organization makes it clear what it intends to do. That could have an effect on financially weaker oil companies that desperately need higher oil prices to provide them with extra cash to firm up their financial foundations. Stronger producers, on the other hand, should continue to do well no matter what OPEC decides since they built their businesses to thrive at much lower oil prices. Three that stand out are ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), and EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas pipeline giant Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) announced today that it agreed to acquire the rest of its master limited partnership (MLP) Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) that it didn’t already own in a $10.5 billion deal. Not to be outdone, Canadian energy infrastructure giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) made an offer to acquire its namesake MLP Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP), along with the rest of its publicly traded entities, including Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP). These transactions have big implications not only for investors in these entities but for those who own other pipeline companies, too.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Williams Companies is in the midst of a major transition. It recently agreed to acquire the rest of its MLP, Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ), in a $10.4 billion deal. The pipeline giant is making this acquisition so that it can more easily finance the expansion projects Williams Partners has under development. The transaction would allow it to free up some cash flow and improve its credit metrics, giving it more financial flexibility.

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 17.1 percent to $163.30 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed that LOXO-292 Phase 1 trial abstract was selected for 'Best of ASCO'.
    CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTMX) rose 11.5 percent to $27.15 in pre-market trading after the company announced presentations at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) rose 12.3 percent to $5.47 in pre-market trading after reporting narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) shares rose 7.1 percent to $3.62 in the pre-market trading session.
    Baozun Inc. (NASDAQ: BZUN) shares rose 5.8 percent to $47.65 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) rose 5.5 percent to $46.00 in pre-market trading.
    Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) rose 5.3 percent to $40.50 in pre-market trading after The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) announced agreement to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners in a $10.5 billion deal.
    Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS) shares rose 4.6 percent to $2.72 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Wednesday.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) rose 4.5 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.66 percent on Wednesday.
    Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) rose 4.1 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.90 percent on Wednesday.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) rose 4 percent to $7.70 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Simpler organizational structures could yield significant benefits for individual investors. In addition to being easier to follow and understand, it will make it easier than ever to own some of the most important pieces of energy infrastructure in the United States. The proposed merger between Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and Williams Partners LP (NYSE:WPZ) is a great example, as it owns some of the best natural gas infrastructure in the United States. Here’s why investors should be bullish on the multi-billion dollar merger.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) from Buy to Hold..

    Williams Partners shares fell 0.63 percent to close at $41.23 on Friday.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, the company continues to find needle-moving expansion projects, having recently unveiled the development of the Permian Highway Pipeline Project. Kinder Morgan is developing the $2 billion natural gas pipeline with private equity-backed EagleClaw Midstream and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). It’s a follow-up to the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (CGX), which is a $1.75 billion gas pipeline it’s building with two other midstream companies and Apache. Kinder Morgan has already started work on GCX, which should be in service by October 2019, while PHP could follow a year later if the company gives it the green light. These projects will help offset some of the growth it will lose by selling Trans Mountain.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped are Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), and General Motors (NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares. 

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Apache (NYSE:APA)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by research analysts at Stifel Nicolaus in a report released on Thursday. They presently have a $49.00 price target on the energy company’s stock. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price suggests a potential upside of 11.80% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Kinder Morgan initially unveiled the Permian Highway Pipeline project in late June, announcing that it signed a letter of intent with private equity-backed EagleClaw Midstream and Apache (NYSE:APA) to develop another new gas pipeline out of the Permian Basin. That project got a big boost of confidence last month when ExxonMobil’s XTO Energy subsidiary signed on to be an anchor shipper. The partners would go on to secure additional shippers for nearly all the pipeline’s remaining capacity, which allowed them to officially sanction the project this week.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) had its buy rating reiterated by analysts at Raymond James. They currently have a $55.00 price target on the stock.

    Hannover Re Common Stock (FRA:HNR1) had its neutral rating reiterated by analysts at DZ Bank AG.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FDx Advisors Inc. reduced its holdings in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 19.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 64,630 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after selling 15,713 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Halliburton were worth $3,034,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Country Trust Bank lifted its position in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 14.2% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 471,759 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after acquiring an additional 58,812 shares during the quarter. Country Trust Bank owned 0.05% of Halliburton worth $21,257,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Halcyon (CURRENCY:HAL) traded 6.7% lower against the dollar during the 24 hour period ending at 0:00 AM ET on August 27th. During the last seven days, Halcyon has traded up 8.4% against the dollar. Halcyon has a market capitalization of $195,292.00 and approximately $16.00 worth of Halcyon was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Halcyon coin can now be purchased for approximately $0.0313 or 0.00000454 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market had another topsy-turvy day, with various major benchmarks moving in different directions from each other. The worst losses came for the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, which was down largely on worries about social media companies and the potential for government regulation of their operations. Elsewhere, though, a few indexes actually managed to post gains, with investors overcoming anxiety on trade and instead focusing on favorable business fundamentals. Some troubling news affecting certain high-profile individual stocks weighed on the overall market. RH (NYSE:RH), Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Deep-sea drilling specialist Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) jumped 15.2% in September, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. There have been a couple of big ups and downs this year, but through the first nine months of 2018, the stock was up a heady 30%. The timing of the September advance, however, coincided with some key news.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    A wave of merger activity has swept across the offshore drilling sector in recent years. The latest news came on Monday when Ensco (NYSE:ESV) announced that it had agreed to buy Rowan in a $12 billion deal. That transaction occurred on the heels of Transocean’s (NYSE:RIG) agreement earlier last month to acquire Ocean Rig for $2.7 billion. Before that, Transocean bought Songa Offshore for $3.4 billion while Ensco acquired Atwood Oceanics.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    American International Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 872,019 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after buying an additional 62,611 shares during the quarter. American International Group Inc.’s holdings in Transocean were worth $8,633,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market was mixed on Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing to record heights even as the Nasdaq Composite gave back some of its recent gains. Investors largely continued to play a waiting game, as little in the way of new economic data or readings on the geopolitical environment impeded generally bullish sentiment. Whenever stocks reach lofty heights, pauses are inevitable, but some were nevertheless able to climb higher. Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX), and Steelcase (NYSE:SCS) were among the best performers on the day. Here’s why they did so well.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    An issue of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) debt rose 2.5% against its face value during trading on Wednesday. The high-yield debt issue has a 6.8% coupon and will mature on March 15, 2038. The bonds in the issue are now trading at $85.45. Price moves in a company’s debt in credit markets sometimes anticipate parallel moves in its share price.

  • [By The Ticker Tape]

    TD Ameritrade clients appeared to take some profits in multiple names during the period. Oil companies were popular sells with ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), BP  PLC (ADR) (NYSE: BP), National-Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV), and Transocean LTD (NYSE: RIG) all net sold. Oil prices traded near three-year highs on higher global demand and possible OPEC-led production cuts. COP and BP both traded at multi-year highs, while NOV and RIG reached 52-week highs, enticing clients to take profits in all four names. Alcoa Corp. (NYSE: AA) traded at levels not seen since before the financial crisis following proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, and was net sold. For the third month in a row, Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) was net sold after CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress regarding the misuse of user data and a beat on earnings.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) – Analysts at Jefferies Financial Group increased their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Whiting Petroleum in a research note issued on Monday, July 9th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas exploration company will earn $0.64 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.63. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.61 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.86 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.02 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.24 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.97 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.72 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.57 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.78 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.77 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $3.15 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the thirty-two ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, thirteen have given a hold recommendation, fifteen have given a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $46.58.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) – Stock analysts at Jefferies Financial Group increased their Q2 2019 earnings estimates for Whiting Petroleum in a research note issued on Wednesday, February 13th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas exploration company will earn $0.30 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.28. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2019 earnings at $0.22 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) gapped up before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $53.25, but opened at $51.53. Whiting Petroleum shares last traded at $52.01, with a volume of 68181 shares.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Oppenheimer began coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $67.00 price objective on the oil and gas exploration company’s stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.80 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $2.97 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.45 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.50 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $5.99 EPS.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage gain in the S&P 500 ahead of the close Monday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which rose about 6% to $16.05. The stock’s 52-week range is $11.93 to $25.96. Volume was 8.6 million compared to the daily average volume of 7.4 million.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Range Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 46.3371462950661 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    OppenheimerFunds Inc. lowered its holdings in Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) by 68.2% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 30,532 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock after selling 65,576 shares during the quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc.’s holdings in Range Resources were worth $444,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped are Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), and General Motors (NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares. 

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $74.46.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) is one of the best master limited partnerships (MLPs) around. The oil and refined products pipeline and storage company boasts one of the top credit ratings and financial profiles in the sector. As a result, the company’s 5.6%-yielding distribution is on rock-solid ground.

  • [By Leo Sun, John Bromels, and Dan Caplinger]

    September is generally considered a tough month for stocks due to a combination of investors returning from vacations, mutual funds dumping losers before the end of the fiscal year, and tax loss selling. However, there are still plenty of income-generating stocks that are worth buying in this volatile month. Let’s take a look at three stocks that fit that bill: American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE:AEO), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP).

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Oil and gas investors have been through the wringer over the past few years. Even the most stable investments in this industry — pipelines, processing, and logistics — haven’t been spared. Case in point: Shares of Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) have declined 18% over the past three years despite the company posting consistent revenue and cash flow growth. To top it off, there has been a slew of regulatory and tax changes in recent months that will have a significant impact on this particular industry.

  • [By Danny Vena, Timothy Green, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose companies they believed would help baby boomers reach their goals. They offered convincing arguments for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019

While bulls were in full control until last month, September is turning out to be a lackluster month. The Nifty50, which touched a record high last month, saw sharp selling pressure in this month taking the index below 11,300.

Escalating trade war fears, sharp drop in the Indian rupee, growing concerns of rising current account deficit due to jump in crude oil prices, selling by foreign institutional investors and risk of rate hike by central bankers are some of the factors that weighed on Indian markets.

Global investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, which have come out with their reports on Indian market, suggest that premium valuation could be a concern and the upside from current levels remains fairly limited.

Global investment firm Morgan Stanley has raised its 30-share BSE Sensex target to 42,000 for September 2019 implying a potential upside of 11 percent, on the other hand, Goldman Sachs maintains a target of 12,000 on Nifty which translates into an upside of little over 5 percent.

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) rose more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST on Monday after the top-10 natural gas producer reported strong reserve numbers for 2018.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 4.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.43 after closing at $15.09 on Monday. The 52-week high is $34.93. Volume of about 15 million was nearly double the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alexander Bird]

    From 2016 to 2017, Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) saw a 16% boost in profits, while Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) saw a 30% boost. Texas-based ConocoPhillips Corp. (NYSE: COP) saw a strong 37.5% boost.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Marathon pointed out that it can achieve this higher production rate without increasing its capital budget, which remains at $2.3 billion. That’s worth noting since large peers ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) recently increased their budgets. In both cases, two factors drove the spending boost: Cost inflation and a ramp-up in activity from some drilling partners. Marathon, on the other hand, has been able to keep spending on target while boosting output at a faster pace through increased efficiency. In fact, the company noted that it was able to reduce its rig count in the Delaware Basin from five to four entirely due to efficiency gains while still anticipating that it can complete 50 to 55 wells in the region. While both ConocoPhillips and Anadarko are also delivering efficiency gains, they haven’t been enough to offset a spending increase.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short fell to 11.83 million from the previous 12.60 million. Shares were trading at $71.30, within a 52-week range of $45.65 to $74.73.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    However, the most disappointing news was that Noble Energy “plan[s] to reallocate some near-term investment to our other U.S. onshore basins,” according to CEO David Stover, due to pipeline constraints in the Permian Basin. In doing so, Noble Energy joined ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) in publicly announcing plans to shift spending from the fast-growing Permian to another region until new pipelines come online toward the end of next year. While ConocoPhillips is reallocating its activity to the Eagle Ford, Noble will shift to the DJ Basin.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Hauck & Aufhaeuser set a €36.00 ($41.86) price objective on Compugroup Medical (ETR:COP) in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning. The firm currently has a sell rating on the stock.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three years ago, if you asked me to compare the prospects of an integrated oil major like BP (NYSE:BP) to an independent oil and gas exploration and production company (E&P) like ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), I’d have told you the oil major would win hands down. The price of oil had collapsed, and independent drillers were stuck up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Oppenheimer began coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $67.00 price objective on the oil and gas exploration company’s stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.80 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $2.97 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.45 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.50 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $5.99 EPS.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

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    Whiting Petroleum Corp (WLL) Expected to Post Earnings of $0.62 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com) Oil Edges Higher On Iran Fears – OIR 220818 (proshareng.com) Whiting Petroleum (WLL) Presents At EnerCom’s 23rd Annual Oil & Gas Conference – Slideshow (seekingalpha.com) Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL) – Day One Breakout Notes (oilandgas360.com)

    Several analysts have issued reports on WLL shares. Bank of America raised shares of Whiting Petroleum from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 10th. Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $50.00 to $61.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Sunday, July 29th. Imperial Capital increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum from $40.00 to $45.00 and gave the company a “line” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $75.00 price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks increased their price objective on shares of Whiting Petroleum to $70.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 5th. Fourteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, fifteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Whiting Petroleum currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $48.54.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE:WLL) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies lifted their Q2 2018 earnings estimates for Whiting Petroleum in a research note issued on Sunday, May 20th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst K. Harrison now forecasts that the oil and gas exploration company will earn $0.85 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.33. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a “Hold” rating and a $46.00 target price on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.97 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $1.16 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.90 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.70 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $1.48 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.47 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.59 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $6.24 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL)’s share price gapped down before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $46.75, but opened at $48.93. Whiting Petroleum shares last traded at $50.12, with a volume of 80658 shares trading hands.

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    These are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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    Should You Listen to This Stock? Encana Corporation (ECA) moves 51.44% away from One Year Low (nasdaqchronicle.com) Hot Mover of the Day – Encana Corporation (NYSE:ECA) (thestockgem.com) Enrapturing Stocks: Encana Corporation, (NYSE: ECA), AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., (NASDAQ: AFSI) (globalexportlines.com) Analysts, Options Traders Love This Lesser-Known Energy Stock (schaeffersresearch.com) Encana Corp (ECA) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $1.12 Billion (americanbankingnews.com)

    ECA traded up $0.27 on Thursday, hitting $12.47. 9,071,326 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 9,380,907. Encana has a 12 month low of $8.01 and a 12 month high of $14.31. The company has a quick ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 1.16 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.62. The stock has a market capitalization of $11.70 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.00, a P/E/G ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 2.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Morgan Stanley set a $19.00 price objective on Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) in a report published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

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    Already, shale companies such as Encana (ECA) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) , among others, are reporting higher cash flows and earnings on higher oil prices. As a result, they are paying down debt, increasing dividends and engaging in buybacks. This is a dramatic improvement in shareholder yield for the group.

  • [By Keith Noonan, Travis Hoium, and Matthew DiLallo]

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to profile some of the best under-the-radar growth stocks on the market today. Read on to see why they selected Encana (NYSE:ECA), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN) as top growth stocks for in-the-know investors.

Top 5 Oil Stocks For 2019: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) rose 17.1 percent to $163.30 in pre-market trading as the company disclosed that LOXO-292 Phase 1 trial abstract was selected for 'Best of ASCO'.
    CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTMX) rose 11.5 percent to $27.15 in pre-market trading after the company announced presentations at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.
    Check-Cap Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHEK) rose 12.3 percent to $5.47 in pre-market trading after reporting narrower-than-expected Q1 loss.
    Flotek Industries, Inc. (NYSE: FTK) shares rose 7.1 percent to $3.62 in the pre-market trading session.
    Baozun Inc. (NASDAQ: BZUN) shares rose 5.8 percent to $47.65 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) rose 5.5 percent to $46.00 in pre-market trading.
    Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ) rose 5.3 percent to $40.50 in pre-market trading after The Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE: WMB) announced agreement to acquire all public equity of Williams Partners in a $10.5 billion deal.
    Koss Corporation (NASDAQ: KOSS) shares rose 4.6 percent to $2.72 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Wednesday.
    Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) rose 4.5 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after gaining 5.66 percent on Wednesday.
    Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) rose 4.1 percent to $27 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.90 percent on Wednesday.
    Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE: KOS) rose 4 percent to $7.70 in pre-market trading.

     

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas pipeline giant Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and its MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) reported mixed second-quarter results after the close Wednesday. Earnings declined fractionally due to asset sales and some higher costs. Cash flow, on the other hand, moved slightly higher thanks in part to lower interest expenses as a result of  debt reduction. However, while both numbers underwhelmed in Q2, they should head much higher in the coming year because Williams has several expansion projects under way that should boost its bottom line.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Williams Companies is in the midst of a major transition. It recently agreed to acquire the rest of its MLP, Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ), in a $10.4 billion deal. The pipeline giant is making this acquisition so that it can more easily finance the expansion projects Williams Partners has under development. The transaction would allow it to free up some cash flow and improve its credit metrics, giving it more financial flexibility.

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019

That Venezuela is a nation in danger of going bankrupt is not news. The country has been headed that way for some time.

What is news is that Venezuela’s national oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PdVSA), put a lien on nearly 50% of its U.S.-based Citgo subsidiary for a $1.5 billion loan from Russia’s state-controlled oil company Rosneft. If, as could happen at nearly any time, Venezuela should default on interest payments on its sovereign debt, the default could lead to Russian ownership of the second-largest foreign owner of U.S.-based oil refining capacity.

That prospect raised enough concern with two U.S. Congress members that they wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging him to initiate a review of the asset transfer by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

The two, Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), wrote:

This situation, if left unchecked, could severely undermine U.S. national security and energy independence…. Through Citgo, the Venezuelan government owns three U.S. refineries, … and a large network of pipelines.

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Apache Co. (NYSE:APA) by 4.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 2,132,014 shares of the energy company’s stock after buying an additional 94,324 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s holdings in Apache were worth $82,040,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Thanks to red-hot oil prices over the past year, oil stocks are up sharply. To give some sense of the magnitude of the rebound, the iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (NYSEMKT:IEO) — which holds more than 60 U.S.-focused oil and gas stocks — has rallied nearly 33% over the last 12 months. However, while that rising tide has lifted most boats, not all oil and gas stocks have enjoyed the oil market’s rebound. In fact, some stocks have managed to lose ground in the past year. Two of those laggards are Antero Resources (NYSE:AR) and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), which have declined 6% and 12%, respectively, in the last year.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) fourth-quarter results are scheduled for Thursday. The consensus forecast is for $0.22 in EPS on $1.55 billion in revenue. Shares were trading at $38.11. The consensus price target is $50.43. The 52-week range is $35.70 to $56.51.

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Halliburton Company(HAL)

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    That investment would likely benefit both Schlumberger and Baker Hughes, but more so their competitor Halliburton Co. (HAL) , which is the most levered to the North American market among the big three oil services providers. 

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    Energy sector earnings season starts rolling later this week, and as always, the party will kick off with the so-called big three oilfield services providers: Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) , General Electric Co.’s (GE) Baker Hughes (BHGE) , and Halliburton Co. (HAL) . 

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Societe Generale downgraded shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. They currently have $43.00 price target on the oilfield services company’s stock.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The stock posting the largest daily percentage loss in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) which fell about 6% to $37.05. The stock’s 52-week range is $36.82 to $57.86. Volume was about 18 million compared to the daily average volume of about 8 million.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion before the opening bell. Halliburton shares fell 0.06 percent to $51.93 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) to post quarterly earnings at $9.33 per share on revenue of $30.31 billion after the closing bell. Alphabet shares gained 0.24 percent to $1,079.88 in after-hours trading.
    Before the markets open, Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million. Lennox shares dropped 2.84 percent to close at $197.08 on Friday.
    HNI Corporation (NYSE: HNI) reported retirement of its CEO Stan A. Askren and appointment of Jeffrey D. Lorenger as new CEO. HNI also reported strong earnings for its first quarter. HNI shares fell 3.17 percent to $34.20 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) to have earned $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million in the latest quarter. Hasbro will release earnings before the markets open. Hasbro shares fell 0.39 percent to $82.49 in after-hours trading.

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  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) reported first-quarter 2018 results before markets opened Monday. The oil and gas services company posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.41 on revenues of $5.74 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $0.04 on revenues of $4.28 billion. First-quarter results also compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.41 per share and $5.75 billion in revenues.

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    That means pipelines are equally busy carrying all that raw crude into these refineries and then carrying out gasoline, diesel and other finished products. So you’d think these would be boon times for Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP), which owns 10,000 miles of pipeline that connect with 50% of the nation’s refinery capacity.

  • [By Danny Vena, Timothy Green, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose companies they believed would help baby boomers reach their goals. They offered convincing arguments for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The best dividend growth stocks are those that give their investors a raise year in and year out. However, some companies aim even higher by providing their investors with increases every quarter. Two of these dividend dynamos are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and MPLX (NYSE:MPLX), which both should have plenty of fuel to continue increasing their payouts each quarter for at least the next few years. 

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Oil and gas investors have been through the wringer over the past few years. Even the most stable investments in this industry — pipelines, processing, and logistics — haven’t been spared. Case in point: Shares of Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) have declined 18% over the past three years despite the company posting consistent revenue and cash flow growth. To top it off, there has been a slew of regulatory and tax changes in recent months that will have a significant impact on this particular industry.

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Range Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 46.3371462950661 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Matthew DiLallo, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    So we asked three of our investing contributors to each highlight a company they think has a compelling investment case right now in the oil and gas industry. Here’s why they selected Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC), and ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM).

Top Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, although the declines in some major benchmarks were more extreme than others. A budding financial crisis in Turkey once again captured the attention of investors, as the threat of rising tariffs and escalating diplomatic tension could drive a wedge through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at a critical time for the geopolitical environment in the region. The repercussions of recent events involving Turkey echoed around the world, and some companies felt the tremors more sharply than others. First Majestic Silver (NYSE:AG), Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri (NYSE:TKC), and Transocean (NYSE:RIG) were among the worst performers on the day. Here’s why they did so poorly.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    American International Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 7.7% during the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor owned 872,019 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after buying an additional 62,611 shares during the quarter. American International Group Inc.’s holdings in Transocean were worth $8,633,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    CenturyLink Investment Management Co trimmed its stake in Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 10.7% during the third quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 97,454 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after selling 11,676 shares during the period. CenturyLink Investment Management Co’s holdings in Transocean were worth $1,359,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    An issue of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) debt rose 1.3% as a percentage of its face value during trading on Wednesday. The debt issue has a 6.8% coupon and will mature on March 15, 2038. The debt is now trading at $84.56 and was trading at $83.13 one week ago. Price moves in a company’s debt in credit markets often predict parallel moves in its stock price.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.

    Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on RIG. Bank of America increased their price objective on Transocean from $12.00 to $13.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Transocean from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Cowen set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.79.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

BP Plc agreed to invest $20 million in a developer of ultra-fast charging for batteries, a technology the oil major believes is key for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.

The lithium ion technology developed by StoreDot has the potential to recharge a car battery as quickly as refilling a gas tank, according to a joint statement released on Tuesday. The Israel-based firm’s “flash batteries” will be deployed in mobile devices as early as next year and BP’s investment will help bring them to vehicles.

London-based BP’s collaboration with StoreDot is just the latest example of major oil producers backing technology that could help drive the mass adoption of electric vehicles. The investments serve a dual purpose — potentially providing a shield against criticism about their contribution to climate change, while also offering a commercial foothold in a technology that could account for half of all new car sales by 2040 and wipe out 6.4 million barrels a day of oil demand.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Electra (CURRENCY:ECA) traded 3.4% lower against the dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 18:00 PM Eastern on June 4th. Electra has a total market capitalization of $45.83 million and approximately $326,372.00 worth of Electra was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. One Electra coin can currently be bought for $0.0018 or 0.00000024 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Novaexchange, Octaex, Fatbtc and Cryptopia. In the last seven days, Electra has traded 12.8% higher against the dollar.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Today, however, many drillers are setting a high bar for new wells. EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG) has been one of the leaders in disrupting the former way of thinking by establishing a high return hurdle rate for new wells of 30% after-tax at $40 oil. Others followed with similar return-focused approaches, including Encana (NYSE:ECA), which needs locations to achieve a 35% after-tax return at $50 oil to meet its premium hurdle rate. 

  • [By Keith Noonan, Travis Hoium, and Matthew DiLallo]

    We asked three Motley Fool investors to profile some of the best under-the-radar growth stocks on the market today. Read on to see why they selected Encana (NYSE:ECA), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), and Baozun (NASDAQ:BZUN) as top growth stocks for in-the-know investors.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the twenty-four analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, twenty-one have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.17.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Electra (CURRENCY:ECA) traded down 22.1% against the dollar during the 1 day period ending at 11:00 AM Eastern on August 14th. One Electra coin can currently be purchased for approximately $0.0004 or 0.00000007 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges including Cryptohub, CryptoBridge, Cryptopia and Novaexchange. In the last seven days, Electra has traded 36.7% lower against the dollar. Electra has a total market capitalization of $11.78 million and approximately $119,848.00 worth of Electra was traded on exchanges in the last day.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Morgan Stanley set a $19.00 price objective on Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) in a report published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) rose more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST on Monday after the top-10 natural gas producer reported strong reserve numbers for 2018.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) – Research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies upped their Q1 2019 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Range Resources in a report issued on Monday, August 27th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst D. Kistler now anticipates that the oil and gas exploration company will post earnings of $0.43 per share for the quarter, up from their prior forecast of $0.42. Piper Jaffray Companies has a “Buy” rating and a $27.00 price objective on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Range Resources’ Q2 2019 earnings at $0.35 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.44 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.61 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.39 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $1.93 EPS.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Danny Vena, Timothy Green, and Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    With that in mind, we asked three Motley Fool investors to choose companies they believed would help baby boomers reach their goals. They offered convincing arguments for Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP), General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $74.46.

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    It’s in Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP).

    Magellan Midstream Partners owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, with access to nearly 50% of the nation’s refining capacity and the ability to store more than 100 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three companies that the market has walloped are Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), and General Motors (NYSE:GM). Here’s why these stocks look like bargains, and why today might be a good time to scoop up some shares. 

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded up about 5% at $21.81. The stock’s 52-week range is $10.64 to $22.74. Volume was nearly 16 million compared to the daily average volume of 11 million.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The company’s Powder River Basin assets also generated strong drilling results, with several wells topping 1,000 BOE/D. Finally, while the company did drill four wells in the Bakken, it has deferred completing them until later this year. That program is one to keep an eye on given the results Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) delivered last quarter, when it completed record-setting wells in the Three Forks and Middle Bakken formations.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivals Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’s deep knowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    US Bancorp DE decreased its stake in shares of Apache Co. (NYSE:APA) by 5.8% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 145,332 shares of the energy company’s stock after selling 8,948 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE’s holdings in Apache were worth $5,592,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By John Bromels]

    But if you look hard enough, there are still some values to be found among oil and gas stocks. Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), and Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) have all managed to buck the trend of rising stock prices. Here’s why these three stocks look incredibly cheap right now.

  • [By John Bromels]

    And despite the stock market’s long bull run, there are still some dividend stocks out there that are both cheap and high-quality. So let’s go bargain shopping and see if we can find some! Three in the bargain bin that look promising are Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). Here’s why they might be right for your portfolio.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While pipeline capacity constraints have hurt producers focused on the Permian, it has been a boon for midstream companies in the region, which have been able to quickly sign up shippers for proposed expansion projects. Private equity-backed EPIC Midstream was able to get major Permian producers Apache (NYSE:APA) and Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL) to sign up for a combined 175,000 barrels per day (BPD) on the company’s proposed EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline. EPIC currently plans to build a 440,000 BPD pipeline to ship crude out of the Permian. However, it could expand the line up to 675,00 BPD if there’s enough shipper demand. One of the reasons Noble was quick to sign on is that this line “provides long-term flow assurance for our rapidly growing Delaware Basin oil volumes,” according to the company. Apache, meanwhile, stated that this line “enhances our long-term operational flexibility and market optionality.” EPIC hopes to start construction on the pipeline later this year, which would put it in service by the second half of 2019. It’s one of the first projects by the private equity-backed start-up but likely won’t be its last given the infrastructure needs in the region.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) dropped about 7.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $34.50. Shares closed at $37.20 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $55.23. Volume was over 11 million, about three times the daily average of around 3.9 million. The company reported quarterly results this morning, but investors were not impressed.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its holdings in Apache Co. (NYSE:APA) by 24.1% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 87,322 shares of the energy company’s stock after buying an additional 16,938 shares during the quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s holdings in Apache were worth $4,077,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now

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That’s why the water companies helping to make it more accessible are must-have­ stocks in your portfolio. These are the companies that are actually helping us survive and overcome the global water crisis.

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Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Williams Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE:WPZ) – US Capital Advisors decreased their Q3 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Williams Pipeline Partners in a research note issued to investors on Monday, May 14th. US Capital Advisors analyst B. Followill now forecasts that the pipeline company will post earnings per share of $0.39 for the quarter, down from their previous forecast of $0.41. US Capital Advisors also issued estimates for Williams Pipeline Partners’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.45 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $1.87 EPS.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Simpler organizational structures could yield significant benefits for individual investors. In addition to being easier to follow and understand, it will make it easier than ever to own some of the most important pieces of energy infrastructure in the United States. The proposed merger between Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and Williams Partners LP (NYSE:WPZ) is a great example, as it owns some of the best natural gas infrastructure in the United States. Here’s why investors should be bullish on the multi-billion dollar merger.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    There’s an interesting dichotomy here, however. Crestwood was looking to stay financially disciplined, but it also needed to invest to grow. Doing both at the same time is difficult, which is why it partnered up with Con Ed in the Marcellus region, Shell Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:SHLX) and First Reserve in the Delaware Basin, and Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) in the Powder River basin. These agreements allow Crestwood to keep expanding its business without having to foot the entire bill for the investments.

  • [By Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Matthew DiLallo]

    Matt DiLallo (Williams Companies): This natural gas pipeline giant has had a slow start in 2018. Through the first half of the year, cash flow at the company’s MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) has only increased by about 2%, due mainly to recent asset sales. However, with a major expansion project coming on line, cash flow growth should accelerate in the second half of the year. That project and others in the pipeline have the company on track to grow cash flow 9% in 2018 and another 13% next year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Natural gas pipeline giant Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB) and its MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) reported mixed second-quarter results after the close Wednesday. Earnings declined fractionally due to asset sales and some higher costs. Cash flow, on the other hand, moved slightly higher thanks in part to lower interest expenses as a result of  debt reduction. However, while both numbers underwhelmed in Q2, they should head much higher in the coming year because Williams has several expansion projects under way that should boost its bottom line.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Williams Partners (NYSE: WPZ) and Targa Resources (NYSE:TRGP) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    This process starts with gathering pipelines, which transports a well’s production to central processing locations that separate oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and water. The oil then moves by truck, pipeline, or tanker to storage facilities while it waits to go through a refinery or petrochemical complex and get turned into fuel, chemicals, or another oil-based product. While oil companies tend to own some of these midstream assets, especially gathering lines and processing facilities, third parties hold a significant portion of the energy infrastructure in North America. These companies often charge fees for the logistical services provided to oil companies. Master limited partnerships (MLPs) are a noteworthy owner of these assets in the U.S. and most commonly found in the energy midstream sector. MLPs are tax-advantaged entities that pass through most of their income to investors. The largest MLP by enterprise value is Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), while other notable ones include Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and MPLX (NYSE:MPLX). 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, Valero Energy is investing in new midstream infrastructure that it could eventually drop down to its MLP, including those under construction in two joint ventures it formed with Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) last year. The first one will invest $380 million in building new refined products pipelines and storage assets in central Texas, which should start service by the middle of next year. Meanwhile, Valero and Magellan Midstream are also building a new marine terminal near Houston. Valero will pour $410 million into the terminal, which should start up in early 2020. Magellan sees the potential to invest another $700 million to double the terminal’s size in the future, which is a project that it could partner with Valero.

  • [By John Bromels]

    Luckily, the oil and gas sector is one of the best places in the entire stock market to look for reliable investment picks that you can buy and leave alone in your portfolio for months — or even years — at a time. And three of the most solid choices right now, for my money, are Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B), Total SA (NYSE:TOT), and Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    2018 is turning out to be an excellent year for oil stocks. Since the start of 2018, the two most commonly quoted oil benchmark prices — Brent and WTI — are up 17% and 13%, respectively, and they are taking the prospects of many oil stocks with them. Three companies that stand out as rather impressive performers so far this year are independent oil producer Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and oil services companies Oceaneering International (NYSE:OII) and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE). All three stocks are up more than 30% year to date, which I’m sure comes as a welcome sight after the past few years.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down over 5% at $19.99. The stock’s 52-week range is $10.55 to $22.12. Volume was over 17 million compared to the daily average volume of 12.8 million.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Shares of Melrose Industries PLC (LON:MRO) have received an average rating of “Buy” from the nine analysts that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a buy recommendation. The average 1 year target price among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 255 ($3.30).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That efficiency was evident in the first quarter when companies like Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) drilled record-breaking wells. In Devon Energy’s case, it completed two of the highest-rate wells ever drilled in the nearly 100-year history of the Delaware Basin. Those wells, when combined with some prolific ones in the STACK shale play, enabled Devon to produce a huge profit in the first quarter. Marathon Oil, meanwhile, drilled record-setting wells in two formations of the Bakken region as well as several high-rate ones in the STACK, which fueled strong profits for the driller in the first quarter. 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivals Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’s deep knowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    After plunging 40% over the final three months of 2018, oil prices snapped back to start 2019, rebounding 18% for the month. That rally in the oil market sent most oil stocks higher, including shares of producers Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), and Diamondback Energy (NASDAQ:FANG), which all rallied more than 10% for the month, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. 

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) – Equities research analysts at Seaport Global Securities raised their Q4 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Range Resources in a note issued to investors on Wednesday, May 23rd. Seaport Global Securities analyst M. Kelly now anticipates that the oil and gas exploration company will post earnings per share of $0.12 for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.11. Seaport Global Securities has a “Neutral” rating on the stock. Seaport Global Securities also issued estimates for Range Resources’ Q1 2019 earnings at $0.36 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.18 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.26 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $0.98 EPS.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Companies in this region have had more measured growth plans because of the lack of pipelines. As Miller mentioned, though, improved efficiency has resulted in most companies outpacing their production growth plans. The lack of takeaway capacity has led to much lower prices for in-basin production. Range Resources (NYSE:RRC), one of the larger producers in the region, has noted that its price realizations were 10% below benchmark prices because of a lack of takeaway capacity. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $14.77 after closing at $15.30 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.64. Volume of about 9.4 million was about 20% higher than the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Diamondback Energy’s investment in the EPIC Crude Oil Pipeline is worth noting because it follows a blueprint laid out by Apache (NYSE:APA) for creating midstream value. Apache spent the last couple of years investing in the build-out of midstream infrastructure to support the growth of its Alpine High discovery in the Permian. Initially, the company invested capital in constructing natural gas-gathering pipelines and other related infrastructure to move its production to regional hubs. However, as Apache signed up to be a major shipper on longer-haul pipeline developments, it also secured options to participate in these projects, making five such agreements.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) dropped about 7.3% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $34.50. Shares closed at $37.20 on Wednesday and the stock’s 52-week high is $55.23. Volume was over 11 million, about three times the daily average of around 3.9 million. The company reported quarterly results this morning, but investors were not impressed.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Oil prices have continued rebounding this year, with the U.S. benchmark price WTI up another 7% to around $65 per barrel. That improving oil price has helped drive up most oil stocks. I say most because Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Apache (NYSE:APA), and Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) are flat to down so far this year because investors seem to have overlooked them entirely. Because of that, they trade for a dirt-cheap valuation versus their peers, making them intriguing options to consider.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    The IEA’s forecast bodes well for oil stocks, especially those that have underperformed during the rally over the past year. Two that stand out are Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) and Apache (NYSE:APA), since both have lost value even though oil has been red-hot. Because of that, they trade at dirt cheap valuations versus their peers. That underperformance doesn’t make sense given the growth these companies can deliver at much lower oil prices.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In addition, the company continues to find needle-moving expansion projects, having recently unveiled the development of the Permian Highway Pipeline Project. Kinder Morgan is developing the $2 billion natural gas pipeline with private equity-backed EagleClaw Midstream and Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA). It’s a follow-up to the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline (CGX), which is a $1.75 billion gas pipeline it’s building with two other midstream companies and Apache. Kinder Morgan has already started work on GCX, which should be in service by October 2019, while PHP could follow a year later if the company gives it the green light. These projects will help offset some of the growth it will lose by selling Trans Mountain.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) gapped down prior to trading on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $13.41, but opened at $13.13. Transocean shares last traded at $12.81, with a volume of 16922465 shares trading hands.

  • [By Jason Hall and Tyler Crowe]

    In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Energy, host Nick Sciple, together with Jason Hall and Tyler Crowe, explain how offshore companies work, where the industry is today, and what investors should watch with these companies. Tune in to learn what sets Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL), and Ensco (NYSE:ESV) apart from each other, what kind of risk/reward profile each company has to offer, some critical points and trends investors need to know before diving into offshore, and much more.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.

    Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on RIG. Bank of America increased their price objective on Transocean from $12.00 to $13.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Transocean from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Cowen set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.79.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    FDx Advisors Inc. reduced its holdings in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 19.6% in the 1st quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The fund owned 64,630 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after selling 15,713 shares during the period. FDx Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Halliburton were worth $3,034,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) was started with an Overweight rating and assigned a $50 price target. This call represented right at 30% in implied total return (including the dividend), and it is still not even an above-consensus target. The stock closed up 1.2% at $39.16 the prior day, and its shares were up 1.8% at $39.88 in Wednesday’s session. The 52-week range is $35.75 to $57.86, and the consensus target price is $51.97.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) reported first-quarter 2018 results before markets opened Monday. The oil and gas services company posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.41 on revenues of $5.74 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company reported EPS of $0.04 on revenues of $4.28 billion. First-quarter results also compare to consensus estimates for EPS of $0.41 per share and $5.75 billion in revenues.

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Even though Haliburton’s (NYSE:HAL) bottom line got hit yet again by the continued turmoil in Venezuela, the company was able to churn out a respectable profit for the first quarter of 2018. The number that pops out is that it grew revenue a whopping 34%. That’s quite an accomplishment for such a large business, but management still thinks it has a few more quarters of growth like this left in it. 

  • [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL) – Analysts at Jefferies Financial Group increased their Q2 2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Whiting Petroleum in a research note issued on Monday, July 9th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst M. Lear now forecasts that the oil and gas exploration company will earn $0.64 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $0.63. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.61 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.86 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $3.02 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $1.24 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.97 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.72 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $3.57 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.78 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.77 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $3.15 EPS.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp (NYSE:WLL)’s share price gapped down before the market opened on Tuesday . The stock had previously closed at $46.75, but opened at $48.93. Whiting Petroleum shares last traded at $50.12, with a volume of 80658 shares trading hands.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Oppenheimer began coverage on shares of Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The firm issued an outperform rating and a $67.00 price objective on the oil and gas exploration company’s stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for Whiting Petroleum’s Q3 2018 earnings at $0.64 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.80 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $2.97 EPS, Q3 2019 earnings at $1.45 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $1.50 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $5.99 EPS.

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  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) was raised to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $71 target price (versus a $50.48 close) at Morgan Stanley.

    Tuesday’s top analyst upgrades and downgrades included DocuSign, Embraer, Goodyear, Macy’s, Micron Technologies, Raytheon, Smartsheet and more.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short decreased to 23.15 million from the previous level of 24.60 million. Shares were trading at $52.55, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $61.32.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short dropped to 16.06 million from the previous level of 17.34 million. Shares were trading at $71.44, within a 52-week range of $42.27 to $72.00.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The number of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares short rose to 12.60 million from the previous 12.37 million. Shares were trading at $72.61, within a 52-week range of $42.42 to $73.76.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Sentinel Trust Co. LBA lessened its stake in shares of Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) by 37.4% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 328,255 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after selling 195,760 shares during the quarter. Encana accounts for about 1.0% of Sentinel Trust Co. LBA’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 26th largest position. Sentinel Trust Co. LBA’s holdings in Encana were worth $4,283,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    This stock has pulled back sharply and is offering an outstanding entry point. Encana Corp. (NYSE: ECA) is an energy producer focused on developing its multibasin portfolio of natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) producing plays. Its operations also include the marketing of natural gas, oil and NGLs. All of its reserves and production are located in North America.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Shares of Encana Corp (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) have been given an average rating of “Buy” by the twenty-four analysts that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation, twenty-one have issued a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $16.17.

  • [By ]

    Already, shale companies such as Encana (ECA) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) , among others, are reporting higher cash flows and earnings on higher oil prices. As a result, they are paying down debt, increasing dividends and engaging in buybacks. This is a dramatic improvement in shareholder yield for the group.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Morgan Stanley set a $19.00 price objective on Encana (NYSE:ECA) (TSE:ECA) in a report published on Friday morning. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the oil and gas company’s stock.