It’s been another rough week for Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM). The stock is down 8.64% since the beginning of the year and the energy giant is the biggest loser of just five Dow stocks trading down for the year to date.
The share price closed the week up $1.38 compared with the prior week, mostly on the strength of comments by the company’s CEO.
Exxon’s new CEO, Darren Woods, will leave a good deal of his predecessor’s plans in place, but he is making some major changes as well. Woods said last week that 2017 production would rise from a prior estimated range of 4 to 4.2 million barrels a day to a new range of 4 to 4.4 million barrels. That’s barely unchanged from 2016 production and marks a significant change in the company’s strategy.
Exxon will spend about a third of its planned capital budget of around $25 billion on shale plays this year. Boosting production from shale is much cheaper and far less costly than developing massive deepwater or other conventional plays. Woods believes that investing in shale will generate cash flow more quickly without diluting returns. Because Exxon is vertically integrated it could capture more value than a producer who has to settle for the wellhead price of crude.
Top 5 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: North American Energy Partners, Inc.(NOA)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.
Top 5 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Phillips 66 Partners LP(PSXP)
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
As PSX has grown as a refining outfit, it has added midstream assets pipelines, terminals, rail lines and storage farms. Owning pipelines and gathering systems is a great way to generate cash flows. Phillips enhanced that by placing them inside of its master limited partnership, Phillip 66 Partners LP (PSXP). That way, PSX is preparing to keep its profits even when oil does inevitably rise.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
The other highlight this quarter was the midstream business. That segment benefited from a full quarter of Phillips 66’s recently completed Freeport LPG Export Terminal as well as a turnaround in results at DCP Midstream (NYSE:DCP). After causing the company to record a loss on its investment last quarter, the DCP Midstream investment was back in the green this quarter, benefiting from hedging and lower costs. Meanwhile, the company’s other MLP investment, Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP), delivered another steady quarter thanks to that entity’s focus on owning stable fee-based assets.
- [By Dustin Parrett]
In 2016, PAA partnered with Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE: PSXP) to build a $15 million pipeline expansion between Oklahoma and Canada. The new pipeline adds capacity for 100,000 more barrels of oil a day.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE: PSXP) was raised to Buy from Neutral with a $60 price target at Goldman Sachs on December 18. The units were last seen trading at $51.23, and the 5% yield would represent a total return of over 22% if the firm is correct. The 52-week range is $44.40 to $58.00, and the consensus price target is $59.43.
Top 5 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: CSI Compressco LP(CCLP)
- [By Lisa Levin]
CSI Compressco LP (NYSE: CCLP) shares dropped 15 percent to $7.90. CSI Compressco lowered its quarterly cash distribution to $0.1875 per outstanding common unit. CSI Compressco is expected to release its Q1 earnings results on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
Top 5 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)
- [By Tony Daltorio]
But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).
He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).
The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.
Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.
Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.
National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):
Top 5 Energy Stocks To Own Right Now: Southwestern Energy Company(SWN)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
All good things must come to an end, and for all but the last 10 minutes ofFriday’s market, it looked like today would be the day thatthe Dow Jones Industrials would finally break its streak of record highs. Yet a last-minute boost sent all three major market benchmarks into the black, and in the absence of news moving the market to finish the week, positive market sentiment was enough to keep stocks climbing. Yet some stocks still posted dramatic declines, and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), Zoe’s Kitchen (NYSE:ZOES), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN) is the only stock in this group to get a rating boost. The Jefferies analysts lifted the rating from Underperform to Hold. The 12-month price target was unchanged at $8. The 2017 EPS estimate was lowered from $0.81 to $0.52, and the 2018 estimate was lowered from $0.99 to $0.94. Shares closed Friday at $7.71, in a 52-week range of $6.62 to $15.59, and the consensus price target on the stock is $12.59.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Southwestern Energy (SWN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Citigroup upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral today.
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Southwestern Energygained 5.9% to $7.81 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.8% to 2,385.26.
According to TheFlyOnTheWall.com, Citigroup analyst Robert Morris noted that Southwestern’s stock had dropped 50% since September. He did, however, cut his price target to $10 from $14.
Southwestern Energy’s market capitalization rose to $3.9 billion billion today from $3.7 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.6 billion on sales of $2.4 billion in 2016.
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
Natural gas had been under pressure all year, especially after this past February was the warmest since 1954. By mid-March, gas had lost a quarter of its value because of an oversupplied market. However, it awoke from that slumber toward the end of March thanks in part to the triumphant return of winter, which pounded parts of the nation with a major late-season snowstorm. That storm drove up demand for gas, sending the stocks of several gas producers soaring late last month, including Rice Energy and larger rivalsChesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) and Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), which both rose more than 5%.