Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now

Houston, we’ve got a problem

Surging production has begun to outstrip the pipeline takeaway capacity out of the Permian Basin, dampening production growth prospect in the future until new pipelines come onstream. Different companies have varying exposure to this transportation tightness, depending on their 2018 drilling program, well economics and hedging profiles. In this article, let’s look at what all of this means to the investors.

Permian production

The oil production from the Permian Basin has been in a rapid rise since 2016, after a short-lived hiatus during the previous year (Fig. 1). As of May 2018, the oil production there stands at 3.199 MMbo/d, which is up from around 2.8 MMbo/d as of end-2017 and expected to rise by 78 Mbo/d to 3.277 MMbo/d in June 2018, according to EIA (see here).

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 in the S&P 500 ahead of the close was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which rose by about 9% to $16.92. The stock’s 52-week range is $12.57 to $24.20. Volume was about 34.5 million compared to the daily average volume of 20.95 million.

  • [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 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 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 Matthew DiLallo]

    That’s why several oil companies have authorized share buyback programs to take advantage of the disconnect. Three of the latest entrants are Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY), and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B). Here’s why they think their stocks are great buys. 

  • [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).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [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 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 Jason Hall, John Bromels, and Daniel Miller]

    To help you find the best values — not just cheap stocks — three Motley Fool investors did some legwork and uncovered three stocks that have some surprisingly attractive value properties: Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX), Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA), and Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE:WGO). 

  • [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 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 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.

Top 5 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 ]

    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. 

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Ferguson Wellman Capital Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The institutional investor purchased 386,214 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,403,000.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Haliburton Co.’s (NYSE: HAL) second-quarter report is scheduled for Monday before the markets open. The consensus estimates are $0.58 in earnings per share (EPS) on revenue of $6.11 billion. The shares ended the week at $45.20. The consensus price target is $60.80, and the 52-week trading range is $38.18 to $57.86.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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Top 5 Oil Stocks To Watch Right Now: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Overall, earnings at both Williams and its MLP Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) were down slightly versus the year-ago period due to asset sales, while cash flow modestly increased thanks to lower interest expenses.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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  • [By Max Byerly]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE:RRC) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the thirty ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $22.11.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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

    So we asked three of our energy contributors to each highlight a stock they see in the oil and gas industry that would make a great buy today. Here’s why they picked Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE:DO), Range Resources (NYSE:RRC), and Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN). 

  • [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.

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