Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018

Barclays analyst Thomas Driscoll and team see more dividend cuts and equity raises coming for oil & gas stocks like Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN),Encana (ECA), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Marathon Oil (MRO). They explain why:

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Leverage concerns will lead E&P companies to take strong steps to strengthen balance sheets. As oil price weakness has lingered, management teams have become more willing to take stronger steps to address leverage. We view 4x debt to pre-interest cash flow as a warning sign that companies may be overlevered. At a $30-40/bbl WTI oil price, debt to estimated pre-interest cash is over 4x for 16-19 of the companies we cover. At $50 oil, roughly half of our coverage universe remains overlevered using our 4x coverage test…

We have seen several dividend cuts in the recent past, including Anadarko Petroleum cutting its dividend by 81%…and we expect more companies to follow suit. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), ConocoPhillips (COP), Encana,Marathon Oil and Noble Energy (NBL) are among energy companies that have also cut dividends in the past 12 months, but dividend requirements even after several cuts will consume ~26% of 2016 estimated cash flow at current dividend rates (15% excluding Occidental Petroleum (OXY)) for the large cap E&Ps we cover. We believe most of the companies with a dividend yield of more than 1.5% should consider cutting the dividend and find the following companies more likely than not to reduce dividends:Apache (2.5% yield),Devon Energy (4%),Encana (1.5%) andMarathon Oil (2.5%). We believe Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ) (3.0%) is likely to maintain its dividend while Occidental (4.5%) has the financial strength to maintain or even increase the dividend…

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: JP Energy Partners LP(JPEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    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.
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  • [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.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Ballard Power Systems, Inc.(BLDP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Plug Power plus alternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) all peaking in 2014 before collapsing with shares leveling off or perhaps finally to recover a bit:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of FuelCell Energy along withsmall cap alternative energy or fuel cell stocks like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) all peaking in 2014 with some signs of stabilization early last yearalong withsome increase this year:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    With that in mind, I would add any stocks or sectors that benefit directly or indirectly from government subsidies because they are in cool or chosensectors that progressive liberal types worshipe.g. so called green or renewable energy or green technology plays like small capsBallard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP),FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Plug Power Inc (NASDAQ: PLUG) along with solarinstallers Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE: VSLR) and Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ: RUN). Then there are thebigger and more globalsolar energy solutions stocks like First Solar, Inc (NASDAQ: FSLR) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) that will no doubt be the focus of any energy policy or global warming policy coming out of Washington.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of Plug Power along withalternative energy or fuel cell stock peers like Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP), FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) and Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) all peaking in 2014 with shares leveling off or just sliding downward moderately over the past year:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fuel cell stock Ballard Power Systems Inc (NASDAQ: BLDP) reportedQ2 2017 earnings after the Wednesday market close as China is poised to lead the adoption of FCEVswith the Companycontinuing to focus on the execution of its China strategy during Q2.Revenuegrew 50% to$26.5 million reflecting growth in both Power Products and Technology Solutions. Power Products platform revenueincreased 29% to $15.2 million while the Technology Solutions platformrevenue increased 93% to$11.3 million primarily reflecting increased work on the stack joint venture, bus and tram programs in China. The net loss was $1.2 million foran improvement of $4.6 million or 79% and cash reserves were $68.1 million as of June 30 for an increase of 65% from the end of Q2 2016. The President/CEO commented:

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Noble Energy Inc.(NBL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

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

    Himax Technologies (HIMX) : “That area is so red-hot. I think it’s fine, but I like Cypress Semiconductor (CY) more.”

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Noble Energy (NBL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after purchasing Clayton Williams Energy (CWEI) for $2.7 billion.

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    Noble Energygained 7.1% to $40.05, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to2,267.89.

    Wunderlich’s Irene Haas explains why she’s a fan of the deal:

    Noble Energy (NBL) has agreed to acquire Clayton Williams Energy Inc. (CWEI-$103.98, Hold) for $3.4 billion. The transaction has been approved by both boards and should close during 2Q17. NBL will gain 71,000 net acres in Reeves County, production of 10,000 boepd, and 2,400 gross locations (with 8,000 lateral length) in the Wolfcamp, with net un-risked resource potential of over 1 billion boe. Netting out production, acreage outside of Reeves County, and midstream assets, NBL valued the Reeves County acreage at~$32,000 per net acre. NBL has the balance sheet and the technical expertise to develop the project quickly and generate meaningful production and cash flow growth. We reiterate our Buy rating on NBL.

    Noble Energy’s market capitalization rose to $17.2 billion from $16.1 billion on Friday. It reported a net lossof $2.4 billion on sales of $3 billion in 2015.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In his second “Executive Decision” segment, Cramer sat down with David Stover, chairman and CEO of Noble Energy (NBL) , the oil exploration and production company with acreage in all of the best regions of the U.S.

Top 5 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: EMCORE Corporation(EMKR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is thefifth mostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 47.69% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR) got a boost, shooting up 30 percent to $8.38 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $56.39 after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter and boosted its full year net income guidance.

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