Top Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now

Oil is a cyclical industry, and we’re coming out of a trough. Rig counts are increasing to their highest numbers since 2014. Great news for oilfield services companies! What exactly do servicers do?

In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Energy, host Nick Sciple and Motley Fool contributor Jason Hall explain. Find out how the industry works, the biggest threats and opportunities in the industry today, and what long-term investors should know before buying in. Also, the hosts take a deep dive on two of the biggest companies in the space, Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL). Learn what differentiates the two, which one has performed better lately, and, of course, which company looks like the better long-term buy.

A full transcript follows the video.

This video was recorded on Sept. 20, 2018. 

Nick Sciple: Welcome to Industry Focus, the podcast that dives into a different sector of the stock market every day. Today is Thursday, September 20th, and we’re discussing oilfield servicers. I’m your host Nick Sciple. I’m joined by fool.com contributor Jason Hall via Skype. How’s it going, Jason?

Top Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Tortoise Index Solutions LLC lifted its stake in shares of Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP) by 110.5% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 83,210 shares of the pipeline company’s stock after acquiring an additional 43,677 shares during the quarter. Magellan Midstream Partners makes up approximately 1.8% of Tortoise Index Solutions LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 14th biggest holding. Tortoise Index Solutions LLC’s holdings in Magellan Midstream Partners were worth $4,748,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Over the past five years, Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) has generated a total return of nearly 70%. That’s quite impressive considering that most master limited partnerships (MLPs) have lost value over that timeframe. One of the reasons the company has delivered such strong total returns is that it has steadily increased its payout even as rivals have either stopped raising their distribution, or cut it. Magellan has avoided this fate by investing within its means instead of stretching to grow at a faster pace.

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    There are always clear signs of excess at market tops — which everyone typically sees in hindsight. With stock market averages trading near all-time highs and now two companies’ market caps topping $1 trillion, it’s time to considering some boring, financially strong dividend payers. Here are three stocks to get you going: NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), The Hormel Foods Company (NYSE:HRL), and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That’s why those who like dividends will undoubtedly love what Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD), Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), and MPLX (NYSE:MPLX) have to offer. Not only does this trio of energy midstream master limited partnerships (MLPs) pay well-above-average dividends that currently have yields of between 5.6% and 7.2%, but they have consistently increased their payment rate each quarter. With those payouts on rock-solid ground and more growth in the forecast, this trio of MLPs is perfect for dividend fans.

Top Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Societe Generale downgraded shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday, The Fly reports. They currently have $43.00 price target on the oilfield services company’s stock.

  • [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 Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.71 per share on revenue of $4.60 billion.
    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.42 per share on revenue of $5.75 billion.
    Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $815.16 million.
    Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is projected to report quarterly loss at $0.12 per share on revenue of $1.82 billion.
    Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.35 per share on revenue of $822.15 million.
    Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LECO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $729.83 million.
    Tennant Company (NYSE: TNC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.15 per share on revenue of $251.93 million.
    FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.67 per share on revenue of $3.43 billion.
    Koninklijke Philips NV (ADR) (NYSE: PHG) is estimated to report earnings for its first quarter.
    Bank of Hawaii Corporation (NYSE: BOH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.23 per share on revenue of $162.39 million.
    Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.79 per share on revenue of $1.72 billion.

     

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    KBR (NYSE: KBR)
    Though an under-the-radar name, KBR was the construction arm of oilfield services giant Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) before being spun off. With a consolidated market cap of $2.6 billion, KBR describes itself, per its website, as a “global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies… within the Government Services and Hydrocarbon sectors.”

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That’s clear by the comments of oil-field services giants Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) in September, as both issued warnings about the impact this would have on their industry. In Halliburton’s case, it said that the slowdown in the Permian, as well as some slower-to-develop work in the Middle East, would knock $0.08 to $0.10 per share off its earnings in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Schlumberger’s CEO said that “these [pipeline] challenges will likely have a dampening effect on production growth, wellhead prices, and investment levels in the coming year.”

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    How To Invest
    When spending dried up, this group was hit hard. Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) went from a profit of $3.5 billion in 2014 to a painful loss of $5.8 billion in 2016. But the pendulum is swinging. As any good salesman will tell you, it’s much easier to close deals when your customers have more cash in their pocket. And as we just discussed, big oil producers have $425 billion locked, loaded and ready to fire.

Top Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Reuben Gregg Brewer]

    Deep-sea drilling specialist Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) jumped 15.2% in September, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. There have been a couple of big ups and downs this year, but through the first nine months of 2018, the stock was up a heady 30%. The timing of the September advance, however, coincided with some key news.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) started as Overweight with a $15 price target, which represented an implied upside call of 25% compared with the prior day’s $11.93 closing price. Elsewhere, Wells Fargo raised it to Outperform from Market Perform with an even more aggressive $16 price target, and BTIG initiated Transocean with a Buy rating and with an $18 price target just a day earlier. The stock closed up 2.9% at $11.93 on Tuesday, and it was up 3.3% at $12.33 in Wednesday’s midday trading. The 52-week range is $8.70 to $14.34, and the prior consensus price target of $12.61 ticked up to above $13 after the calls.

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

    At the same time, there has been a tremendous amount of consolidation (like this and this and this), leaving fewer — stronger — companies operating just when work is starting to pick up. Here’s a look at quarterly revenue for Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Ensco PLC (ADR) (NYSE:ESV), Noble Corp. (NYSE:NE), and Rowan (NYSE:RDC) so far this year. 

  • [By Jason Hall]

    So what’s an investor to do? Owning the companies best-positioned to profit is a great place to start. Consider two of Big Oil’s finest in Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Total SA (ADR) (NYSE:TOT), offshore driller Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) and natural gas for transportation specialist Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE).

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Northern Trust Corp reduced its stake in shares of Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) by 1.2% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 3,527,006 shares of the offshore drilling services provider’s stock after selling 44,063 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp owned about 0.76% of Transocean worth $47,402,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Top Oil Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) rose more than 10% by 2:30 p.m. EST on Monday after the top-10 natural gas producer reported strong reserve numbers for 2018.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    RRCoin (CURRENCY:RRC) traded down 5% against the dollar during the twenty-four hour period ending at 14:00 PM ET on September 22nd. One RRCoin token can now be purchased for approximately $0.0093 or 0.00000139 BTC on cryptocurrency exchanges. RRCoin has a total market cap of $0.00 and approximately $463,836.00 worth of RRCoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. In the last seven days, RRCoin has traded 1.4% higher against the dollar.

  • [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.

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