Top Energy Stocks For 2018

Athletic footwear and apparel company Nike (NYSE:NKE) has been around since 1964. As the retail market has been facing tough competition against e-commerce business, how has Nike been holding up? Well, since the company’s financials continuously look better each year and it’s outperforming its competition, the popular company should be on investors’ minds right now.

The above chart shows sales forecast, taken from CNNMoney, for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Analysts predict Nike will report total sales of $34.3 billion for fiscal-year 2017 and $36.5 billion for fiscal-year 2018. If analysts’ predictions are close to actual results, Nike’s plan to reach $50 billion in total sales by 2020 may fail. What exactly does this plan entail? Nike’s goal is to double its business with half the impact. This means the company is focusing on reducing its carbon footprint and striving for renewable energy while doubling its revenue. As for some numbers, the athletic company plans on reaching $36 billion in sales for fiscal-year 2017, which is at the end of this month. Nike also plans on increasing its e-commerce revenue from $1 billion to $7 billion by 2020, which will help against the striving e-commerce businesses, and doubling revenue in women’s apparel to $11 billion by 2020, as we can see in the chart below:

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.

    Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Weatherford International plc(WFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) saw a share 18.9% gain to $5.14 on Wednesday, and the 55.9 million shares was right at 2 times normal trading volume. Weatherford has a consensus analyst price target of $7.43 and a 52-week trading range of $3.73 to $11.14. The company has a total market cap of $5 billion.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Pete Najarian said that 10,000 contracts of the March 6 calls in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) were traded early in the trading session for around $0.35. He has also bought the March 6 calls and he is going to hold them at least for three weeks. Weatherford International Plc spiked 7.21 percent on Tuesday.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) traded down about 8.4% Monday and posted a new 52-week low of $2.19 after closing Friday at $2.39. The stock’s 52-week high is $6.86. Volume was about 20% above the daily average of around 23 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped nearly 5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.08 after closing at $3.24 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 19 million, about 5% below the daily average of about 20 million. The oilfield services company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 7.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $3.26 after closing at $3.54 on Friday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 38 million, more than double the daily average of about 16 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    The stock of ExxonMobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has been lagging behind the shares of its integrated oil major peers over the past year. In fact, Exxon is the only major oil company that’s seen a stock decline over that time span. Don’t get discouraged, even though there are some very real reasons for the laggard stock performance. Here are three terrible reasons to sell ExxonMobil Corporation today.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of ExxonMobil (XOM) traded up as much as 1.5% this morning after the oil giant beat earnings forecasts. They’ve been coming in ever since.

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    Exxon reported a profit of 95 cents a share, beating forecasts for 88 cents, on sales of $63.3 billion, missing forecasts for $66.4 billion.

    In a note released before the open this morning, Wells Fargo’s called the result “neutral” for the stock. He explains why:

    Versus our expectations, XOM beat on better downstream performance, as chemicals fell short of expectations and upstream net income was in line with our estimates. Capex was meaningfully below expectations and run rate for FY2017 guidance. Cash flow from operations was slightly below our expectations, but net cash flow after capex and dividends exceeded $2.0 billion.

    Sounds about right.

    Shares of ExxonMobil have advanced 0.8% to $81.89 at 2:02 p.m. today, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has advanced 0.4% to $68.07.

     

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded up about 0.1%, at $77.152 in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Over the past 12 months, Exxon stock has traded down about 7%.

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    Other stocks receiving some love from the analysts included Ulta Beauty (ULTA) , which popped 4.2% today on a positive survey of teen shoppers. ExxonMobil (XOM) also rose today, by 2.9%, on a positive analyst note, as did Paypal (PYPL) .

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down 5.78% at $79.64. The stock’s 52-week range is $76.05 to $89.30. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 11 million shares. Like Chevron, Exxon reported results last Friday that did not live up to expectations.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Here’s how share prices of the largest U.S. natural gas producers reacted to this latest report:

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), the country’s largest producer of natural gas, traded up about 0.1% to $77.53, in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) traded down about 1.1%, at $3.16 in a 52-week range of $2.53 to $6.18. EOG Resources Inc. (NYSE: EOG) traded down about 0.2% to $109.21. The 52-week range is $81.99 to $119.00.

    In addition, the United States Natural Gas ETF (NYSEAMERICAN: UNG) traded up about 0.7%, at $222.17 in a 52-week range of $20.40 to $31.72.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Lucas Energy, Inc.(LEI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    The Interior Department is in charge of managing regulations around oil and gas drilling around the nation. Currently, the favorite appears to be Forrest Lucas, the 74-year-old founder of Lucas Energy Inc. (NYSEMKT: LEI). A career energy executive, Lucas recently told Investors Business Daily that he would be interested in the job because “it’s a very important position and you need to have someone in there who knows what they’re doing.” However, Lucas has never actually met Trump in person.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Euro FX(P)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) reported second-quarter results after markets closed Monday. For the quarter, the Internet radio company posted an adjusted diluted net loss per share of $0.21 on revenues of $376.83 million. In the same period a year ago, the company reported a net loss of $0.12 on revenues of $343.02 million. Second-quarter results compare to the consensus estimate for a net loss of $0.24 on $368.87 million in revenues.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) dropped about 9.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $9.41 after closing Monday at $10.40. The 52-week high is $14.98. Volume of around 46 million shares was about 6 times the daily average of around 7.8 million. The company posted poor results but bounced back after saying a sale of the company could be completed soon.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) dropped about 4.5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $9.28 after closing Monday at $9.72. The 52-week high is $14.98. Volume of nearly 11 million shares was more than 15% above the daily average of around 8.9 million. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap Internet radio stockPandora Media Inc (NYSE: P) reported Q2 2017 earnings after the Monday market close with revenue better than expected, but the Company trimmed its revenue forecast which sent shares down in after hours trading. Total consolidated revenuegrew 10% to$376.8 million as advertising revenuegrew 5% to$278.2 million (advertising growth was enabled by improvements in effective CPMs coupled with higher ad-loads relative to the year-ago period); total paid subscribers increased 24% from 3.93 million in Q2 2016 to 4.86 million in Q2 2017; subscription and other revenuegrew 25% to$68.9 million; and ticketing service revenuegrew 31% to$29.7 million. The GAAP net loss was $275.1 million versus a net loss of $76.3 million plus theCompany ended with $227.6 million in cash and investments versus $203.0 million at the end of the prior quarter.The Companynow expects its full-year revenue to range between $1.45 billion and $1.50 billion versus aprevious forecast of $1.50 billion to $1.65 billion.

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    Mass Layoffs in 2017 No. 6, Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P): Even U.S. companies that deal entirely with e-commerce are struggling to cut costs.

    Today (Jan. 13) Pandora announced that it would be eliminating 7% of its workforce in a move to save nearly $40 million in operating costs. The music-streaming company had 2,219 employees as of Dec. 31, according to Benchmark Monitor.

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