10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016

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For more than 70 years now, Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI) has been publishing rotary rig counts for the United States and Canada every week. On top of this, the company has also issued a monthly international rig count for the last 40 years.

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Profire Energy, Inc.(PFIE)

 

Profire Energy, Inc. designs, assembles, installs, sells, and services oilfield combustion management technologies for the oil and gas industry. Its products and services aid oil and gas producers in the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. The company offers burner-management systems that monitor and manage burners, as well as related products, such as flare stack igniter and nozzles, valves and fuel train components, secondary air plates, valve actuators, and solar packages. It also provides chemical-management systems to monitor and manage chemical-injection process to ensure that optimal levels of chemicals are injected. Profire Energy, Inc. sells and installs its systems in Western Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, India, Nigeria, the Middle East, Australia, and Brazil. The company is headquartered in Lindon, Utah. Profire Energy, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Flooring Zone, Inc.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $6.74 million.

    Posted-In: Earnings scheduleEarnings News Pre-Market Outlook Markets

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: MPLX LP(MPLX)

 

MPLX LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets related to the transportation and storage of crude oil, refined product, and other hydrocarbon-based products in the United States. As of December 31, 2014, the company owned a 99.5% interest in an entity, which in turn collectively owned and operated a network of pipeline systems that include approximately 1,004 miles of common carrier crude oil pipelines; and approximately 1,902 miles of common carrier product pipelines in 9 states. It also holds a 100% interest in butane cavern located in Neal, West Virginia with approximately 1 million barrels of storage capacity. In addition, the company operates crude oil and product pipelines owned by third parties. MPLX GP LLC acts as the general partner of MPLX LP. The company was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. MPLX LP is a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Lastly, Citi says Marathon Petroleum (NYSE: MPC) and MPLX LP (NYSE: MPLX) remain Buy rated the heels of benefits derived from strong product demand and the NGL recovery.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    JPMorgan analyst Phil Gresh and team explain what they got wrong about Marathon Petroleum (MPC), as they cut its rating to Neutral from Overweight following yesterday’s disastrous financial results from MPLX (MPLX):

Top 10 Defense Companies To Own For 2016: Resolute Energy Corporation(REN )

Resolute Energy Corporation, incorporated on July 28, 2009, is an independent oil and gas company. The Company is engaged in the exploitation, development, exploration for and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The Company’s asset base consists primarily of properties in Aneth Field located in the Paradox Basin in southeast Utah (the Aneth Field Properties or Aneth Field), the Permian Basin in Texas and southeast New Mexico (the Permian Properties or Permian Basin Properties), and the Powder River and Big Horn Basins in Wyoming (the Wyoming Properties). As of December 31, 2014, its oil sales comprised approximately 89% of revenue, and its estimated net proved reserves were approximately 74.2 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which approximately 56% and 45% were proved developed reserves and proved developed producing reserves (PDP), respectively. Approximately 86% of its estimated net proved reserves were oil and approximately 92% were oil and natural gas liquids ( NGL). The Company has an interest in gas gathering and compression facilities located within and adjacent to its Aneth Field Properties. Collectively called the Aneth Gas Processing Plant, the facility consists of an active gas compression operation operated by it and a dismantled gas processing facility.

Aneth Field Properties

Aneth Field, an oil field in southeast Utah, holds 73% of the Company’s net proved reserves as of December 31, 2014, and accounted for 49% of its production during 2014, averaging 6,287 equivalent barrels of oil per day, of which 98% was oil. The Company owns working interests in, and is the operator of, three federal production units covering approximately 43,000 gross acres, which constitute the Aneth Field Properties. These are the Aneth Unit, the McElmo Creek Unit and the Ratherford Unit, in which the Company owns working interests of 62%, 67.5% and 59%, respectively, as of December 31, 2014. The Company had interests in and operated 388 gross (246 net) producing wells and 333 gro! ss (210 net) active water and carbon dioxide injection wells. Aneth Field covers a single geologic structure with production coming from the Pennsylvanian age Desert Creek formation.

Within Aneth Field, as of December 31, 2014, the Company had estimated net proved reserves of 30.3 million barrels of oil equivalent. Of these reserves, 27.6 million barrels of oil equivalent are attributable to recoveries associated with expansions, extensions and processing of the tertiary recovery carbon dioxide floods. Within the Ratherford Unit, the Company has two carbon dioxide flood projects, one targeting both the Desert Creek I and II zones and a second targeting primarily the Desert Creek I zone. Carbon dioxide is available from McElmo Dome, the carbon dioxide source in the United States. Aneth Field is connected directly to McElmo Dome through a 28 mile pipeline that the Company operates and in which the Company owns a 68% interest.

Oil production from its A neth Field is characterized as a light and sweet crude oil. The field is connected by pipeline to a refinery located near Gallup, New Mexico that is owned and operated by Western Refining Southwest, Inc., a subsidiary of Western Refining Inc. (Western). On December 31, 2014, the Company entered into an amendment to the purchase agreement with Western. There are two types of gas production in Aneth Field, saleable gas and gas that is contaminated by Carbon dioxide. The contaminated gas stream, which is rich in valuable NGL and gas, is compressed and re-injected into the reservoir.

Permian Properties

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had interests in 36,500 gross (25,000 net) acres in the Permian Basin of Texas and southeast New Mexico. Its position is divided between three principal project areas: the Delaware Basin project area in Reeves County, the Midland Basin project area in Howard, Martin, Midland and Ector counties and the Northwest Shelf p roject area located in the Denton, Gladiola and Knowles fiel! ds in the! Northwest Shelf area in Lea County, New Mexico. Approximately 14.1 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. During 2014, the Company completed 15 gross (7.9 net) wells in the Permian Properties and had 234 gross (197 net) producing wells. As of December 31, 2014, the Company was in the process of drilling one gross (0.7 net) well and had two gross (1.2 net) wells awaiting completion operations. During 2014, average net daily production from the Permian Properties was 4,656 barrel of oil equivalent and was 80% liquids. In January and February 2015, the Company completed three horizontal wells.

The Delaware Basin project area includes approximately 21,200 gross (13,200 net) acres. The primary objective in this area is the Wolfcamp formation. Within the Wolfcamp formation, the Company has focused primarily on the Wolfcamp A and B subzones. Within its project area, other operators are also develo ping the Wolfcamp C and D subzones, as well as the third Bone Spring formation. Based on drilling activity to date, approximately 40% of the acreage is held by production. Approximately 5.4 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. The Midland Basin project area includes approximately 10,000 gross (7,800 net) acres. Approximately 7.2 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves were associated with these assets as of December 31, 2014. Within this inventory, 114 wells are located in its core operated Gardendale area in Midland and Ector counties based on 80- to 120-acre spacing and three zones. Its acreage in this area is held by production. In Gardendale the Company has primarily focused on the Wolfcamp B subzone. Other operators in the area are developing the lower and middle Spraberry, as well as the Wolfcamp A and C subzones.

The Company owns assets in Lea County, New Mexico, in Den ton, Gladiola and South Knowles fields, which are convention! al oil fi! elds that produce from fractured carbonate reservoirs and cover 4,700 gross acres in which the Company holds an approximate 85% working interest, all held by production. Its interest in Denton Field consists of 2,900 gross acres, all of which are held by production. Approximately 1.0 million barrels of oil equivalent of proved reserves are associated with its Denton Field interests. The Company is the operator of the Lea County assets.

Wyoming Properties

Hilight Field is located in the Powder River Basin in Campbell County, Wyoming, and consists of the Central Hilight Unit, the Grady Unit and the Jayson Unit. The Company has a 98.5% working interest in the Central Hilight Unit, an 82.5% working interest in the Grady Unit and an 82.7% working interest in the Jayson Unit. The Central Hilight, Grady and Jayson units and adjacent leasehold cover an area of almost 51,600 gross (47,400 net) acres. As of December 31, 2014, there were 151 gross (143.5 net) producing vertical wells and six gross (5.6 net) horizontal wells. Gross cumulative production through December 31, 2014, from its three operated units was 68.4 million barrels of oil and 168 billion cubic feet of gas. During 2014, production from Hilight Field averaged 1,770 barrels of oil equivalent per day and was 29% oil. The Company drilled two additional wells in the Turner formation. In the Big Horn Basin, the Company owns leases covering approximately 34,700 net acres.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $3.61 as the company agreed to sell Permain Basin mid-stream assets.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Resolute Energy Corp (NYSE: REN) shares were also up, gaining 47 percent to $5.59. Wunderlich upgraded the rating on Resolute Energy from Hold to Buy, while raising the price target from $4 to $8. Northland Securities also upgraded the stock from Market Perform to Outperform.

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: ConocoPhillips(COP)

ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company worldwide. The company?s Exploration and Production (E&P) segment explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its Midstream segment gathers, processes, and markets natural gas; and fractionates and markets natural gas liquids in the United States and Trinidad. The company?s Refining and Marketing (R&M) segment purchases, refines, markets, and transports crude oil and petroleum products, such as gasolines, distillates, and aviation fuels. Its Chemicals segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. This segment offers olefins and polyolefins, including ethylene, propylene, and other olefin products; aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene, and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers; and various specialty chemical products comprising organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalyst s, drilling chemicals, mining chemicals, and engineering plastics and compounds. The company?s Emerging Businesses segment develops new technologies and businesses. It focuses on power generation; and technologies related to conventional and nonconventional hydrocarbon recovery, refining, alternative energy, biofuels, and the environment. This segment also offers E-Gas, a gasification technology producing high-value synthetic gas. ConocoPhillips was founded in 1917 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Other oil majors like Exxon (XOM) and ConocoPhillips (COP) are also up today.

    Update: Reuters is reporting that Chevron is considering bid for stake in a Brazil offshore oil prospect (via Briefing.com).

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Going forward I will be looking to add investments on my watchlist and trim other positions. It will be interesting to see how an overweight commodity portfolio will perform relative to the rest of the market.

     Cost Basis# SharesCurrent Price% of PortfolioCurrent ValueReturnMetal/Miners      Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS)$12.4985$11.043.75%$938.40-13.13%Sprott Physical Silver Trust (PSLV)$7.95125$8.744.37%$1,092.509.04%FreePort-McMoran (FCX)$31.6731$33.874.20%$1,049.976.50%Ishares MSCI Global Gold Miners ETF (RING)$13.0695$10.644.04%$1,010.80-22.74%Energy      Statoil ASA(STO)$21.7940$22.683.63%$907.203.92%Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR)$27.5636$27.874.01%$1,003.321.11%ConocoPhillips (COP)$63.6822.43$71.006.37%$1,592.5310.31%Agriculture      CVR Partner LP (UAN)$26.3630.9$18.932.34%$584.94-39.25%Adecoagro$6.78125$7.443.72%$930.008.87%Archer-Daniels Midland (ADM)$34.80 30$37.244.47%$1,117.206.55%Mixed Commodity      Powershares DB Commodity Index (DBC)$26.3540$25.954.15%$1,038.00-1.54%Sprott Resource Corp$3.34400$2.714.34%$1,084.00-23.25%    Total % of portfolio49.40%               Cost Basis12,666.00      Current Value12,348.86      Return-2.50%  Source: Investing For The Future Surge In Commodity Prices

    Disclosure: I am long ADM, FCX, UAN, AGRO, RING, VNR, SCPZF.PK, COP, DBC, PHYS, PSLV. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article. (More…)

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Icahn Enterprises L.P.(IEP)

 

Icahn Enterprises L.P., through its subsidiaries, operates in investment, automotive, energy, metals, railcar, gaming, food packaging, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States, Germany, and Internationally. Its Investment segment operates various private investment funds. The companys Automotive segment supplies a range of components, accessories, and systems to the automotive, small engine, heavy-duty, marine, railroad, agricultural, off-road, aerospace and energy, industrial, and transport markets; and distributes automotive parts. Its Energy segment refines and markets transportation fuels; and manufactures nitrogen fertilizer. The companys Metals segment collects and processes industrial and obsolete scrap metal into reusable forms; and operates steel products business. Its Railcar segment manufactures and sells railcars, custom and standard designed railcar components, and other industrial product s; and provides railcar repair services, as well as leases railcars. The companys Gaming segment owns and operates casino gaming properties, including 8 casino facilities with 8,035 slot machines, 304 table games, and 5,525 hotel rooms. Its Food Packaging segment produces and sells cellulosic, fibrous, and plastic casings for the processed meat and poultry industry. The companys Real Estate segment is involved in the rental of real estate properties; construction and sale of single-family and multi-family homes, lots in subdivisions and planned communities, and raw land for residential development; and golf and resort operations. Its Home Fashion segment sources, designs, manufactures, distributes, markets, and sells home fashion consumer products, such as bed, bath, basic bedding, and other textile products. Icahn Enterprises G.P. Inc. serves as the general partner of the company. Icahn Enterprises L.P. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Robert Rapier]

    CVR Partners’ fertilizer plant is located in Coffeyville, Kansas, adjacent to the refinery owned by CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR). CVR Energy (NYSE: CVI), majority-owned by Carl Icahn via Icahn Enterprises (NYSE: IEP), is the general partner and owns most of the units for both CVR Partners and CVR Refining.

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

 

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and specialty products; and transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 35,909 gross and 30,114 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    Also, to comound these problems, there isn’t a clear leader of the project that can steer its investment deicisions. ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  ) , Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A  ) , Eni (NYSE: E  ) , Total (NYSE: TOT  ) , and Kazakh national oil company KazMunaiGas each have a16.81% working interest in the project. This has led to problems involving investment decisions and project mangement.BothExxonMobilandRoyal Dutch Shellhave been extremelydisappointedwith the results, to the point that they have threatened to pull out of the project altogether on a couple of occasions, andConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP  ) did get out this year by selling its $5 billion stake in the project to China National Petroleum.

  • [By R. Chandrasekaran]

    Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) has been holding negotiations with Italian oil firm, Eni (ADRs trade Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E)), for quite some time now to take a stake in the latter’s Mozambique liquefied natural gas development.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Other oil majors like Exxon (XOM) and ConocoPhillips (COP) are also up today.

    Update: Reuters is reporting that Chevron is considering bid for stake in a Brazil offshore oil prospect (via Briefing.com).

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. The company also offers well and logistics services. In addition, it engages in oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities primarily in the United States offshore Louisiana and Texas, and in the United Kingdom sector of the North Sea. As of February 10, 2011, the company owned, had partial ownership interests in, and operated 138 mobile offshore drilling units, including 47 high-specification floaters, 25 midwater floaters, 9 high-specification jackups, 54 standard jackups, and 3 other rigs, as well as 1 ultra-deepwater floater and 3 high-specification jackups under construction. Transocean Ltd. was founded in 1953 and is based in Zug, Switzerland.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    RBC’s Kurt Hallead and Benjamin Owens offer their take on Transocean (RIG) appearance at the RBC Global Energy and Power Conference:

    Bloomberg

    Our view: Transocvean continues to execute well, with the focus on revenue efficiency bearing fruit over the last several quarters. However, we believeTransocean shares have limited upside until the market gains more confidence in the supply/demand outlook for floating rigs in 2017-18. Currently, fundamentals continue to weaken for floating rigs, and it remains unclear where dayrates and utilization may bottom.

    Expects to see 2H16 opportunities in the jackup market:Transocean expects shallow water to be the first area within the offshore market to see increased spending if oil prices remain constructive. The demand for jackups is being driven by independent oil companies and NOCs. The company still expects the deep water rig count to trend lower through at late-2016 or early-2017.

    Deepwater recovery domino effect: In Transoceans view, deep water rigs currently working will remain working in a recovery. The next rigs back to work will be warm-stacked rigs, then rigs currently in the ship-yard, with rigs currently cold-stacked the last to find work. The company thinks newbuilds could cease for up to a decade during the next cycle, similar to what happened in the 1990s, with many offshore drillers opting to upgrade rigs rather than build new.

    Offshore dayrates could lag in a recovery: With demand still declining, dayrates for new work are likely to remain near cash break-even to slightly higher in the near-term.Transocean thinks utilization needs to hit 80-85% before the industry starts to see pricing power for offshore rigs. The company thinks pricing could take a while to move off the bottom, even with activity increases, due to the fact that it will take the industry some time to digest the magnitude of oversupply in offshore rigs.

    Evercore ISI’sJames West a

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Phillips 66(PSX)

Phillips 66, incorporated on November 10, 2011, is an energy manufacturing and logistics company with midstream, chemicals, refining and marketing, and specialties businesses. The Company operates its business through four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties (M&S).

Midstream

The Company gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. In addition, this segment also transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The Midstream segment includes, among other businesses, the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream , LLC (DCP Midstream) and its investment in Phillips 66 Partners LP. The Midstream segment consists of three business lines: Transportation, DCP Midstr eam and NGL.

The transportation business line transports crude oil and other feedstocks to its refineries and other locations, and delivers refined and specialty products to market, and provides storage services for crude oil and petroleum products. The operations of its master limited partnership, Phillips 66 Partners LP, are included in the transportation business line. The DCP Midstream business line gathers, processes, transports and markets natural gas, and transports, fractionates and markets NGL.

The Company owns or leases assets to provide delivery and storage of crude oil, refined products, natural gas and NGL. These assets include pipeline systems; petroleum product, crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminals; a petroleum coke handling facility; marine vessels, and railcars and trucks. Its transportation business manages over 18,000 miles of crude oil, natural gas, NGL and petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States , including those partially owned or operated by affiliates.! The Company owns or operates over 40 finished product terminals, 40 storage locations, five LPG terminals, 20 crude oil terminals and one petroleum coke exporting facility. It has interest in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX). The REX natural gas pipeline runs over 1,710 miles from Meeker, Colorado, to Clarington, Ohio, and has a natural gas transmission capacity of over 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (BCFD), with most of its system having a pipeline diameter of over 40 inches. The REX pipeline is designed to enable natural gas producers in the Rocky Mountain region to deliver natural gas supplies to the Midwest and eastern regions of the United States.

The Company owns a limited partner interest in Phillips 66 Partners, which is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire primarily fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and NGL pipelines and terminals, as well as other transportation and midstream assets. Phillips 66 Partn ers’ assets consist of crude oil and refined petroleum product pipeline, terminal, rail rack and storage systems in the Central, Gulf Coast, Atlantic Basin and Western regions of the United States. Its vessels are used primarily to transport feedstocks or provide product transportation for certain of its refineries, including delivery of domestic crude oil to its Gulf Coast and East Coast refineries. Truck and rail operations support the Company’s feedstock and distribution operations. Rail movements are provided via a fleet of over 12,300 owned and leased railcars. Truck movements are provided through approximately 170 third-party truck companies, as well as through Sentinel Transportation LLC, in which the Company holds an equity interest.

Midstream segment includes the Company’s equity investment in DCP Midstream. DCP Midstream owns or operates over 64 natural gas processing facilities, with a net processing capacity of approximately 8.0 BCFD. DCP Midstream’s owned or operated natural gas pipeline systems include gath! ering ser! vices for these facilities, as well as natural gas transmission, and totaled approximately 68,000 miles of pipeline. DCP Midstream also owns or operates over 10 NGL fractionation plants, along with natural gas and NGL storage facilities, a propane wholesale marketing business and NGL pipeline assets. The residual natural gas, primarily methane, which results from processing raw natural gas, is sold by DCP Midstream at market-based prices to marketers and end users, including industrial companies, natural gas distribution companies and electric utilities.

The Company’s NGL business includes its equity interest in Gulf Coast Fractionators, which owns an NGL fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Mont Belvieu, Texas, and its net share of capacity is over 30,250 barrels per day. The Company has equity interest in a fractionation plant in Conway, Kansas, and the Company’s net share of capacity is approx imately 43,200 barrels per day. It also has one-third interest in both the DCP Sand Hills and DCP Southern Hills pipeline entities, connecting Eagle Ford, Permian and Midcontinent production to the Mont Belvieu, Texas market.

Chemicals

The Chemical segment manufactures and markets petrochemicals and plastics. The Chemicals segment consists of its equity investment in Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (CPChem). CPChem’s business is structured around two primary operating segments: Olefins and Polyolefins (O&P) and Specialties, Aromatics and Styrenics (SA&S). The O&P segment produces and markets ethylene and other olefin products; the ethylene produced is primarily consumed within CPChem for the production of polyethylene, normal alpha olefins and polyethylene pipe. The SA&S segment manufactures and markets aromatics products, such as benzene, styrene, paraxylene and cyclohexane, as well as polystyrene and styrene-butadiene copolymers. SA&S also m anufactures and/or markets a range of specialty chemical pro! ducts, in! cluding organosulfur chemicals, solvents, catalysts, drilling chemicals and mining chemicals. CPChem, including through its subsidiaries and equity affiliates, has manufacturing facilities located in Belgium, China, Colombia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.

Refining

The refining segment buys, sells and refines crude oil and other feedstocks into petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels) at over 15 refineries, mainly in the United States and Europe. The Bayway Refinery is located on the New York Harbor in Linden, New Jersey. Bayway refining units include a fluid catalytic cracking unit, over two hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer, an alkylation unit and other processing equipment. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, as well as petrochemical feedstocks, residual fuel oil and home heating oil. The complex also includes an approximately 775-million-pound-per-year polypropylene plant.

The Humber Refinery is located on the east coast of England in North Lincolnshire, the United Kingdom. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Humber’s facilities encompass fluid catalytic cracking, thermal cracking and coking. This refinery has over two coking units with associated calcining plants, which upgrade the heaviest part of the crude barrel and imported feedstocks into light oil products and graphite and anode petroleum cokes. Approximately 60% of the light oils produced in this refinery are marketed in the United Kingdom, while the other products are exported to the rest of Europe, West Africa and the United States.

The Whitegate Refinery is located in Cork, Ireland. This refinery produces transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and fuel oil, which are distributed to the inland market, as well as being e xported to international markets. The Mineraloelraffinerie O! berrhein ! GmbH (MiRO) refinery, located on the Rhine River in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, is a joint venture in which the Company owns interest. Facilities include over three crude unit trains, fluid catalytic cracking, petroleum coking and calcining, hydrodesulfurization, naphtha reformer, isomerization, ethyl tert-butyl ether and alkylation units. MiRO also produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil, bitumen and anode- and fuel-grade petroleum coke. Refined products are delivered to customers in southwest Germany, northern Switzerland and western Austria by truck, railcar and barge.

The Alliance Refinery is located on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. The single-train facility includes fluid catalytic cracking units, alkylation, delayed coking, hydrodesulfurization units, a naphtha reformer and aromatics unit. Alliance produces a high percent age of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke.

The Lake Charles Refinery is located in Westlake, Louisiana. Its facilities include fluid catalytic cracking, hydrocracking, delayed coking and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as low-sulfur gasoline and off-road diesel, along with home heating oil. The majority of its refined products are distributed by truck, railcar, barge or major common carrier pipelines to customers in the southeastern and eastern United States. Refined products can also be sold into export markets through the refinery’s marine terminal. Refinery facilities also include a specialty coker and calciner, which produce graphite petroleum coke for the steel industry.

The Sweeny Refinery is located in Old Ocean, Texas, approximately 65 miles southwest of Houston. Refinery facilities include fluid catalytic crackin! g, delaye! d coking, alkylation, a naphtha reformer and hydrodesulfurization units. The refinery receives crude oil primarily via tankers, through wholly and jointly owned terminals on the Gulf Coast, including a deepwater terminal at Freeport, Texas. It produces a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and fuel-grade petroleum coke.

Merey Sweeny, L.P. (MSLP) owns a delayed coker and related facilities at the Sweeny Refinery. MSLP processes long residue, which is produced from heavy sour crude oil, for a processing fee. Fuel-grade petroleum coke is produced as a by-product and becomes the property of MSLP. The Company is the operator and managing partner of WRB Refining LP (WRB), which consists of the Wood River and Borger refineries. WRB’s gross processing capability of heavy Canadian or similar crudes ranges between 235,000 and 255,000 barrels per day. The Company’ s other refineries include Ponca City Refinery, Billings Refinery, Ferndale Refinery, Los Angeles Refinery and San Francisco Refinery.

Marketing and Specialties

The Marketing and Specialties segment purchases for resale and markets refined petroleum products (such as gasolines, distillates and aviation fuels), mainly in the United States and Europe. In addition, this segment includes the manufacturing and marketing of specialty products (such as base oils and lubricants), as well as power generation operations. The Company markets gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel through approximately 8,350 marketer-owned or -supplied outlets in over 50 states of the United States. Its wholesale operations utilize a network of marketers operating approximately 6,700 outlets. In addition, the Company holds brand-licensing agreements with approximately 800 sites. In addition to automotive gasoline and diesel, the Company produces and markets jet fuel and aviation ga soline, which is used by smaller piston-engine aircraft. Avi! ation gas! oline and jet fuel were sold through dealers and independent marketers at approximately 850 Phillips 66-branded locations in the United States.

The Company has marketing operations in over five European countries. The Company uses the JET brand name to market retail and wholesale products in Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom. In addition, a joint venture in which the Company has an equity interest markets products in Switzerland under the Coop brand name. The Company also markets aviation fuels, LPG, heating oils, transportation fuels, marine bunker fuels, bitumen and fuel coke specialty products to commercial customers and into the bulk or spot markets in Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition, through its joint venture operations in Switzerland, the Company has interests in over 295 additional sites.

The Company manufactures and sells a range of specialty products, including petroleum coke products, waxes, solvents and polypropylene. It markets graphite and anode-grade petroleum cokes in the United States and Europe for use in the global steel and aluminum industries. It also markets polypropylene in North America under the COPYLENE brand name. The Company own an interest in Excel Paralubes, a joint venture, which owns a hydrocracked lubricant base oil manufacturing plant located adjacent to the Lake Charles Refinery. This facility produces approximately 22,000 barrels per day of hydrocracked base oils.

The Company manufactures and sells automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants, which are marketed under the Phillips 66, Conoco, 76 and Kendall brands, as well as other private label brands. It also markets Group II Pure Performance base oils globally, as well as import and market Group III Ultra-S base oils through an agreement with Korea’s S-Oil corporation. It has interests in Sweeny Cogeneration, L.P., which owns a cogeneration power plant located adjace nt to the Sweeny Refinery. The plant generates electricity a! nd provid! es process steam to the refinery, as well as merchant power into the Texas market. The plant has a net electrical output of approximately 440 megawatts and is capable of generating over 3.6 million pounds per hour of process steam.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Tyler Crowe]

    For refiners, though, that spread in price led to very lucrative refining margins. As that spread has narrowed, so too has margins for refiners.

    Refining Margins Q4 2012 Q2 2013 Valero (NYSE: VLO  ) $12.27 $9.26 Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX  ) $13.67 $9.88 HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC  ) $24.00 $20.28 CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR  ) $28.08 $20.30

    Source: Company Earnings releases

  • [By Manikandan Raman]

    Barclays has downgraded Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) to Equal Weight from Overweight and cut the price target to $86 from $93, citing limited upside in shares.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) combine for over 15 percent of CRAK's weight and are the ETF's top two holdings. The former is up more than 7 percent this year, while Valero is off 10.7 percent.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    Alright, so elevated short interest in a stock not a major factor in CRAK is not a big deal. Applying that logic, it is notable that short interest in Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), CRAK's largest holding at a weight of nearly 7.7 percent, remains elevated.

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Range Resources Corporation, an independent natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas properties primarily in the Appalachian and southwestern regions of the United States. The company?s Appalachian region drilling and producing activities include tight-gas, shale, coal bed methane, and conventional natural gas and oil production in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and West Virginia. It owns 4,969 net producing wells, approximately 2,750 miles of gas gathering lines, and approximately 1.8 million gross acres under lease. The company?s Southwestern drilling and producing activities cover the Barnett Shale of North Texas, the Permian Basin of West Texas and eastern New Mexico, the East Texas Basin, the Texas Panhandle, and the Anadarko Basin of Western Oklahoma. It owns 1,954 net producing wells, as well as approximately 886,000 gross acres under lease. As of December 31, 2010, Range Resources Corporation had had 4.4 Tcfe of pr oved reserves. It sells gas to utilities, marketing companies, and industrial users. The company was formerly known as Lomak Petroleum, Inc. and changed its name to Range Resources Corporation in 1998. Range Resources Corporation was founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dave Forest]

    Consider Range Resources (NYSE: RRC). The company now trades at an enterprise value of $15.5 billion. And yet the after-tax value of its reserves at year-end 2012 was just $3.2 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Barclays analyst Thomas Driscoll and team explain why they cut Range Resources (RRC) to Underweight from Equal Weight:

    Les Stone/Reuters

    Range shares have performed very well this year despite severe financial challenges. While the company has a deep inventory of attractive drilling locations, it faces cost structure challenges and it has a levered balance sheet. We are lowering our price target 11% to $24 and downgrading our rating to Underweight.

    Cash flow before hedges – is negative at strip prices. Range is well hedged for 16, but we estimate 16 cash flow would be negative $(100) million at strip prices if we were to exclude greater than $400 mm of potential 16 hedge gains. Investors should be cautious when estimates include significant hedge gains.

    Ranges multiple may be pressured as growth slows. Range grew 20-25%/year over the past 3 years and the shares enjoy a 40-45% premium multiple. We forecast 2% growth this year and 8% next year, growth rates that benefit from our above strip gas forecast (we are using $2.50 vs. a strip average price of +/-$2.00) and ~$285 mm of hedge gains. Should the premium multiple disappear, the shares could fall nearly 50% to $17 per share. Our current price target assumes the company will continue to trade at a sharp premium as investors await a gas-price rebound.

    Shares of Range Resources have 4.1% to $29.91 at 11:54 a.m. today, leaving 20% of downside toDriscoll’s target price. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has dipped just 0.4% to $61.26.

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Bernstein maintains Outperform ratings on the following oil stocks:

    Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CIE) Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG) ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Devon Energy Corp (NYSE: DVN) EOG Resources Inc (NYSE: EOG) Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN)

    GMP analyst Bob Bakanauskas went long E&Ps back on February 3. He predicts that the oil market will transition from oversupply to undersupply in 2017. From that point forward, the world will once again require shale production growth.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The large cap E&Ps we cover raised ~ $6.5 billion of equity in 2015 and are likely to consider additional issuance in 2016. Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) raised $1.3 billion on January 5th and Hess Corp. (HES) raised $1.5 billion of equity/equity-linked earlier this month. We think highly leveraged companies such as Devon Energy,Encana andRange Resources (RRC) and companies with a large deficit (before asset sales), such asAnadarko Petroleum and Devon Energy, are most likely to consider raising equity. Additionally, we believe companies such as WPX Energy (WPX), Southwestern Energy (SWN), Marathon Oil, Continental Resources (CLR),Noble Energy and Newfield Exploration (NFX) could issue equity while several levered companies may be unwilling or unable to access equity markets. We do not think Apache, Canadian Natural Resource, EOG Resources (EOG), Occidental Petroleum orPioneer Natural Resources are likely to issue equity this year.

10 Best Energy Stocks To Buy For 2016: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)

 

Ring Energy, Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas in Texas and Kansas, the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the companys proved reserves consisted of approximately 24.4 million barrel of oil equivalent. It also has interests in 18,130 net developed and undeveloped acres in Andrews and Gaines counties, and 19,679 net developed and undeveloped acres in Reeves and Culberson counties, Texas; and 16,674 net acres in Kansas. Ring Energy, Inc. primarily sells its oil and natural gas production to end users, marketers, and other purchasers. The company was formerly known as Transglobal Mining Corp. and changed its name to Ring Energy, Inc. in March 2008. Ring Energy, Inc. was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Midland, Texas.

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.