Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Baytex Energy (NYSE:BTE) (TSE:BTE) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report report published on Tuesday morning.

According to Zacks, “Baytex Energy Trust is a conventional oil and gas income trust focused on maintaining its production and asset base through internal property development and delivering consistent returns to its unitholders. “

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Several other equities analysts have also weighed in on the company. ValuEngine upgraded Baytex Energy from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, August 2nd. National Bank Financial upgraded Baytex Energy from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating in a report on Monday, July 23rd. Royal Bank of Canada upgraded Baytex Energy from a sector perform rating to an outperform rating in a report on Wednesday, June 27th. TD Securities upgraded Baytex Energy from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, June 27th. Finally, Macquarie raised Baytex Energy from a neutral rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $4.69.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    10 15 Associates Inc. lowered its holdings in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) by 1.3% in the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 207,906 shares of the energy producer’s stock after selling 2,741 shares during the period. ConocoPhillips makes up 2.9% of 10 15 Associates Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 8th biggest holding. 10 15 Associates Inc.’s holdings in ConocoPhillips were worth $12,327,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [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.

Top 5 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 Stephan Byrd]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) – Equities research analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies issued their Q3 2018 earnings per share estimates for shares of Range Resources in a report issued on Sunday, October 7th. Piper Jaffray Companies analyst K. Harrison expects that the oil and gas exploration company will post earnings of $0.17 per share for the quarter. Piper Jaffray Companies currently has a “Buy” rating and a $27.00 target price on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies also issued estimates for Range Resources’ Q4 2018 earnings at $0.16 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.88 EPS, Q1 2019 earnings at $0.38 EPS, Q2 2019 earnings at $0.33 EPS, Q4 2019 earnings at $0.47 EPS, FY2019 earnings at $1.58 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $0.63 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $0.42 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $0.45 EPS and FY2020 earnings at $2.02 EPS.

  • [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).

  • [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 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Whiting Petroleum Corporation(WLL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [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 Jon C. Ogg]

    Whiting Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: WLL) was reiterated as Overweight and the target price was raised to $56 from $45 (versus a $50.78 close) at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

  • [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 To Watch Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

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  • [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 Stephan Byrd]

    Stock analysts at BTIG Research assumed coverage on shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, The Fly reports. The brokerage set a “buy” rating and a $18.00 price target on the offshore drilling services provider’s stock. BTIG Research’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 55.31% from the stock’s current price.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    Three stocks with outsized prospects for doing just that are uniform renter Cintas (NASDAQ:CTAS), oil and gas driller Apache Corp. (NYSE:APA), and natural gas pipeline operator Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI). Here’s why I recommend them.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Kinder Morgan is already building a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline out of the Permian Basin after starting work on the Gulf Coast Express (GCX) in the first quarter. The company is developing that $1.75 billion pipeline in a partnership with Targa Resources and DCP Midstream. GCX will transport up to 1.98 Bcf/d of natural gas from shippers such as Apache (NYSE:APA), which not only signed a transportation agreement, but holds an option to buy a 15% stake in the pipeline from Kinder Morgan.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close was Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) which traded down about 4% at $42.73. The stock’s 52-week range is $33.60 to $51.21. Volume was over 6 million compared to the daily average volume of 4.5 million.

  • [By Jason Hall, Tyler Crowe, and John Bromels]

    If you’re shopping for great buys in the oil patch right now, three Motley Fool contributors think you should take a close look at tech-heavy but asset-light oilfield services provider Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE:CLB), value-priced independent oil producer Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), and refining giant Marathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE:MPC). 

  • [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.

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