10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017

Once heralded as the bridge to an oil-free energy future, natural gas seems to have been relegated to stepchild status in the hierarchy of carbon fuels. Why?

It’s cheap, clean, efficient and plentiful. That’s part of the problem. The Energy Information Administration (EIA), estimate that there are 388.8 trillion (yes trillion) cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves in the United States. That’s a lot of product to be pumped along with the 20+ trillion cubic feet of dry natural gas we pump annually.

And we keep discovering more. Take a peek at a 20-year study of the spot price.

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After a couple of flirts with ridiculous prices, we’re pretty much back to where we started when I still had hair and wore size 32 jeans.

10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017: Encana Corporation(ECA)

Encana Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids. The company owns interests in resource plays that primarily include the Greater Sierra, Cutbank Ridge, Bighorn, and Coalbed Methane resource plays located in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Deep Panuke natural gas project offshore Nova Scotia in Canada. It also holds interests in resource plays comprising the Jonah in southwest Wyoming, Piceance in northwest Colorado, Haynesville in Louisiana, and Texas resource play, including east Texas and north Texas. The company serves primarily local distribution companies, industrials, energy marketing companies, and other producers. Encana Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Barclays analyst Thomas Driscoll and team see more dividend cuts and equity raises coming for oil & gas stocks like Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN),Encana (ECA), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Marathon Oil (MRO). They explain why:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Productivity analysis favors stock picking framework of shale scale + the next rung down. We continue to maintain our Buy ratings on several shale productivity winners such asEOG Resources (CL),Diamondback Energy (CL),PDC Energy (CL),Pioneer Natural Resources and RSP Permian, while increased visibility in a path towards oil price recovery has heightened our confidence in next rung down stocks such as Hess (HES) (CL), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Encana (ECA), Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL). While our well results analysis supports our thesis on these shale scale winners, we note that a number of these higher beta stocks also screened particularly well, further bolstering our view on these equities.

10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017: 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]

    Shares of Noble have gained 5% to $9.32 at 1:59, but that appears downright disappointing next to Seadrill (SDRL), Transocean (RIG) and Atwood Oceanics (ATW). Transocean has climbed 7.2% to $11.28, Seadrill has jumped 7.6% to $3.40, and Atwood Oceanics has soared 9.9% to $12.31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fleet updates from Noble (NE) and Transocean (RIG) demonstrated that there is, indeed, work to be had at the right price.Raymond James analystPraveen Narra and team like what they saw in Transocean’s fleet update:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of Noble have dipped 0.4% to $5.72 at 2:37 p.m. today, a heck of a lot better than Transocean’s (RIG) 2.8% drop to$9.69, Ensco’s (ESV) 1.8% fall to$7.58, andAtwood Oceanics’ (ATW) 3.8% tumble to $7.87. Royal Dutch Shell has fallen 1.7% to$48.94.

Top 10 High Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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 Matt Egan]

    In addition to Exxon, S&P also warned it could downgrade the credit ratings of ConocoPhillips (COP) and Anadarko Petroleum (APC).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs strategist David Kostin and team note that stocks with high operating leverage–Amazon.com (AMZN), Whole Foods Market (WFM), ConocoPhillips (COP), Yahoo! (YHOO), and FedEx (FDX) among them–will outperform if the U.S. economy strengthens:

10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017: Apache Corporation(APA)

Apache Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has exploration and production interests in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast, east Texas, the Permian basin, the Anadarko basin, and the Western Sedimentary basin of Canada; and onshore Egypt, offshore Western Australia, offshore the United Kingdom in the North Sea, and onshore Argentina, as well as on the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Apache Corporation sells its natural gas to local distribution companies, utilities, end-users, integrated oil and gas companies, and marketers; and crude oil to integrated oil companies, marketing and transportation companies, and refiners. As of December 31, 2009, it had total estimated proved reserves of 1,067 million barrels of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids, as well as 7.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The company was founded in 1954 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    If you’re an oil explorer, you’re probably trying to avoid offshore right now. It’s expensive to reach, and, with oil still trading below $50, difficult to make profitable. That’s one reason companies have been touting big discoveries and buys onshore–see Apache’s (APA) big announcement from last week for one example. Yet here’s Anadarko Petroleum (APC) spending $2 billion to buy Freeport-McMoRan’s (FCX) Gulf of Mexico assets. What gives? UBS analyst William Featherston and team explain:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Wells Fargo’s David Tameron and team note that oil exploration & production stocks are “trading well ahead of historical levels” but they find some stocks–includingApache (APA), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Gulfport Energy (GPOR)–that still trade at attractive valuations. They explain:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy by Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch. Credit Suisse also downgraded Apple to Neutral from Outperform with a $525 price target. Canaccord Genuity reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target on Apple to $550 from $530. UBS downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Barclays analyst Thomas Driscoll and team see more dividend cuts and equity raises coming for oil & gas stocks like Apache (APA), Devon Energy (DVN),Encana (ECA), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Marathon Oil (MRO). They explain why:

10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. The Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, completion tools and services, cementing services, and Boots & Coots. Its production enhancement services include stimulation and sand control services; completion tools and services comprise subsurface safety valves and flow control equipment, surface safety systems, packers and specialty completion equipment, intelligent completion systems, expandable liner hanger systems, sand control systems, well servicing tools, and reservoir performance services; cementing services consist of bonding the well and well casing, while isolating fluid zones and maximizing wellbore stability, and casing equipment; and Boots & Coots include well intervention services , pressure control, equipment rental tools and services, and pipeline and process services. The Drilling and Evaluation segment provides field and reservoir modeling, drilling, evaluation, and wellbore placement solutions that enable customers to model, measure, and optimize their well construction activities. Its services comprise fluid services, drilling services, drill bits, wireline and perforating services, testing and subsea services, software and asset solutions, and integrated project management and consulting services. The company serves independent, integrated, and national oil companies. Halliburton Company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Gruber names Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) as Citi’s top pick among integrates services stocks. After Halliburton, he ranks Baker Hughes second choice, Schlumberger third and Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) fourth. The firm has Buy ratings on all four stocks.

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    The biggest oilfield service companies should get a big lift from the boom, Moors said. That includes Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

10 Best Gas Stocks For 2017: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Marathon Oil Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an international energy company with operations in the United States, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production, Oil Sands Mining, and Integrated Gas. The Exploration and Production segment explores for, produces, and markets liquid hydrocarbons and natural gas. The Oil Sands Mining segment mines, extracts, and transports bitumen from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada; and upgrades the bitumen to produce and market synthetic crude oil and vacuum gas oil. The Integrated Gas segment markets and transports products manufactured from natural gas, such as liquified natural gas and methanol. The company was formerly known as USX Corporation and changed its name to Marathon Oil Corporation in July 2001. Marathon Oil Corporation was founded in 1887 and is based in Houston, Texas.

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) has gained 2.7% to $11.98 after the oil explorer agreed to sell some assets for $950 million.

    Avon Products (AVP) has fallen 1% to $$4.80 after getting cut to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray.

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Big gainers on the day included Intersil Corp (NASDAQ: ISIL), which jumped 20 percent on news of a buyout, and Medivation (NASDAQ: MDVN), which added 20 percent on a deal with Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) related to its cancer drug. Cotiviti Holdings Inc (NYSE: COTV) lost around 9 percent in the wake of a mid-day sell-off and Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) fell 7 percent in the wake of a management shakeup.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Credit Suisse analyst Edward Westlake and team argue that Marathon Oil (MRO) has made “good progress” but that it’s time to look for “better risk/reward.” They explain why they cut Marathon to Neutral from Outperform:

    Reuters

    In conjunction with our quarterly large cap E&P Deep Dive, we have taken MRO shares down to Neutral. MRO has done an excellent job of increasing the resource base, mainly in Oklahoma, and lowering well costs, and has become more assertive on its completions. The STACK continues to get better indeed MRO increased the type curve for the STACK by more than 35% last week. However, when we look across the large cap E&P space, and the leading edge well performance relative to our modeling assumptions we continue to see more momentum in the purer play Permian names.

    Shares of Marathon Oil have dropped 1.2% to $15.48 at 3:52 p.m. today, while the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) has gained 1% to $70.42.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee argues that investors need to add value and low quality stocks like Ford Motor (F), Marathon Oil (MRO), Mosaic (MOS), and First Solar (FSLR) to their portfolios to take advantage of rising oil prices, a cheaper dollar and a rebound in high yield. He explains why: