Stifel’s Michael Scialla and Daniel Guffey warn investors not to chase the biggest gainers among the exploration & production stocks, including Denbury Resources (DNR) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), and instead stick with more stable fare such as Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Rice Energy (RICE), and Continental Resources (CLR). They explain:
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Our peer group is up an average of 46% over the past 4 weeks in response to a 30% rebound in the 12-month strip NYMEX oil price. Some of the largest gainers include Hold and Sell rated stocks that we would not chase such asDenbury Resources (Sell, +138%), Halcon Resources (HK) (Sell, +147%), Jones Energy (JONE) (Hold, +166%), Rex Energy (REXX) (Sell, +60%), Sanchez Energy (SN) (Hold, +93%), Ultra Petroleum (UPL) (Sell, +61%), andWhiting Petroleum (Hold, +103%), which have outperformed the E&P Index (+32%) over the same time period. Balance sheets and/or well level returns remain challenged for these companies despite improved oil prices. While we believe oil markets should re-balance over the next 12 to 15 months, the recent recovery to $40 could reverse during 2Q16 as bloated inventories continue to rise, new volumes from Iran pressure an oversupplied market, and a highly anticipated decline in non-OPEC supply (especially in the U.S.), is not as steep as expected. The risk of an oil price retracement, which would significantly pressure the recent out-performers, outweighs the upside in these stocks, in our view. However, we are raising our target prices on Buy ratedAnadarko Petroleum ($54 from $48), Concho Resources (CXO) ($120 from $109), Matador Resources (MTDR) ($22 from $21),Noble Energy (NBL) ($40 from $34), SM Energy (SM) ($22 from $15), Rice Energy ($14 from $12), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) ($155 from $135),Continental Resources ($32 from $28), and Parsley Energy (PE) ($24 from $23). We believe our Buy-rated stocks are better positioned to weather challenging oil markets.
Best Valued Stocks To Own Right Now: 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.
- [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.
Best Valued Stocks To Own Right Now: Starbucks Corporation(SBUX)
Starbucks Corporation purchases and roasts whole bean coffees. It operates approximately 16,858 stores, including 8,833 company-operated stores and 8,025 licensed stores. The company offers approximately 30 blends and single-origin premium arabica coffees. It also provides handcrafted beverages, such as fresh-brewed coffee, hot and iced espresso beverages, coffee and non-coffee blended beverages, Vivanno smoothies, and Tazo teas; and merchandise products, including home espresso machines, coffee brewers and grinders, coffee mugs and accessories, packaged goods, music, books, and gift items. In addition, it offers fresh food items, which comprise baked pastries, sandwiches, salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, and fruit cups. Further, it also provides VIA ready brew coffee, bottled frappuccino beverages, discoveries chilled cup coffee, doubleshot espresso drinks, iced coffee, whole bean coffee, and ice creams. The company?s brand portfolio includes Tazo tea, Ethos water, Seatt le?s Best Coffee, and Torrefazione Italia Coffee. Starbucks Corporation sells its products in approximately 50 countries worldwide. Starbucks Corporation was founded in 1971 and is based in Seattle, Washington.
- [By Lee Jackson]
Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) was started as Outperform with an $80 price target (versus $72.14 close) at Wedbush.
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) was raised to Outperform from Neutral with a $60 target price (versus $45.39 close) at Credit Suisse.
Best Defense Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)
Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, and distribution of refined petroleum products and crude oil in the United States. Its pipeline system transports petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gases from the Gulf Coast refining region of Texas through the Midwest to Colorado, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The company owns and operates marine terminals, which store and distribute refined petroleum products, blendstocks, crude oils, heavy oils, and feedstocks, as well as inland terminals that consist of storage tanks connected to third-party interstate pipeline systems to deliver refined petroleum products. Its ammonia pipeline system transports ammonia from production facilities in Texas and Oklahoma to terminals in the Midwest. The company also stores, blends, and distributes biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. As of March 31, 2011, it operated approximately 9, 600 miles of petr oleum products pipeline system and 51 terminals; 6 marine petroleum terminals located along the United States Gulf and East Coasts; a crude oil storage in Cushing, Oklahoma; 27 petroleum products inland terminals located principally in the southeastern United States; and a 1,100-mile ammonia pipeline system and 6 associated terminals. The company also provides ancillary services, such as heating, blending, and mixing of stored petroleum products and additive injection services. Its customers comprise independent and integrated oil companies, wholesalers, retailers, railroads, airlines, and regional farm co-operatives. The company serves various markets, including retail gasoline stations, truck stops, farm co-operatives, railroad fueling depots, and military and commercial jet fuel users. Magellan GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- [By WWW.INVESTOPEDIA.COM]
Companies in the oil storage business can take advantage of what is known as contango, which is when forward prices are higher than current prices, allowing the purchase of cheap oil to be stored and sold at a later date while securing income using derivatives. Five companies that appear to be in a good position to take advantage of reduced oil storage capacity are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP), Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EDP), Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP), Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL) and EQT Midstream Partners (NYSE: EQM).
Best Valued Stocks To Own Right Now: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)(EL)
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., incorporated on December 9, 1976, is a manufacturer and marketer of skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. The Companys products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under a number of brand names, including Estee Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Origins, Le Labo, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, La Mer and Aveda. It is also the global licensee for fragrances and/or cosmetics sold under brand names, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Tom Ford and Coach. It sells its products principally through limited distribution channels to complement the images associated with its brands. These channels include points of sale consisting of upscale department stores, specialty retailers, upscale perfumeries and pharmacies and prestige salons and spas. In addition, its products are sold in freestanding Company-operated stores, its own and authorized retailer Websites, stores on cruise ships, direct response television (DRTV), in-flig ht and duty-free shops and certain fragrances are sold in self-select outlets.
As part of its strategy to diversify its distribution, the Company has been selectively opening new single-brand stores that the Company or its distributors operate. The M啪A啪C, Aveda, Jo Malone and Origins brands have been the primary focus for this method of distribution, and the Company is expanding to other brands. The Company operates approximately 940 freestanding stores and, its distributors operate approximately 370 freestanding stores worldwide. It currently sells products from 14 of its brands directly to consumers online through approximately 120 of its own e-commerce and certain of its m-commerce sites. Additionally, its products are sold on various retailer websites. Some or all of these brands are sold online in 28 countries including the following: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Italy, Australia, Korea, China and Japan.
The Companys range of skin! care products addresses various skin care needs for women and men. These products include moisturizers, creams, lotions, serums, cleansers, sun screens and self-tanning products, a number of which are developed for use on particular areas of the body, such as the face or the hands or around the eyes. The Company manufactures markets and sells an array of makeup products, including lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, foundations, eye shadows, nail polishes and powders. Many of the products are offered in an array of shades and colors. It also sells related items, such as compacts, brushes and other makeup tools.
The Company offers a range of fragrance products for women and men. The fragrances are sold in various forms, including eau de parfum sprays and colognes, as well as lotions, powders, creams and soaps that are based on a particular fragrance. The Companys hair care products are offered mainly in salons and in freestanding retail stores and include hair color and styling products, shampoos, conditioners and finishing sprays. Estee Lauder brand products consist of skin care, makeup, and fragrance products. The Companys Aramis and Designer Fragrances division creates, markets and distributes fragrance and skin care products, including Aramis, Lab Series, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Coach and Ermenegildo Zegna. Clinique skin care and makeup products are marketed as part of the three-step system: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. Other Clinique skin care products include de-aging solutions to help prevent, halt and diminish the visible effects of sun, wind, stress and pollution, and assist in repair to help visibly restore contour, minimize the look of lines and wrinkles. Clinique also offers lines of fragrances.
Le Labo (The Lab) is a fragrance and sensory lifestyle brand with a distinct French heritage. Origins sells its products at the Companys freestanding Origins stores and through stores-within-stores (which are designed to replicate the O! rigins st! ore environment within a department store), at traditional retail counters and in perfumeries. Origins also have a license agreement to develop and sell products using the name of Dr. Andrew Weil. M.A.C products consist of a line of color-oriented, professional cosmetics and professional makeup tools targeting makeup artists and fashion-conscious consumers. The products are sold primarily through a limited number of department and specialty stores and at its freestanding M.A.C stores. The Bobbi Brown line includes color cosmetics, skin care, professional makeup brushes and tools, accessories and fragrances. Bobbi Brown products are sold through a limited number of department and specialty stores.
La Mer products primarily consist of moisturizing creams, lotions, serums and other skin care products. Aveda is a manufacturer and marketer of plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup and fragrance products. Jo Malone is a fragrance portfolio and luxury products for th e bath, body and home. Products are also available through a company catalogue, at the Companys freestanding stores, online and at a very limited group of department stores, specialty stores and perfumeries. Bumble and bumble is a New York-based hair care company with two salons that creates hair care and styling products distributed through salons and select retailers. Darphin is a Paris-based company dedicated to the development, manufacture and marketing of skin care products, which are distributed primarily through high-end independent pharmacies and specialty stores. Brands developed and marketed under the BeautyBank umbrella include FLIRT! And GoodSkin Labs.
The Company competes with LOreal S.A.; Shiseido Company, Ltd.; Beiresdorf AG; LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton; Coty, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company, and Avon Products, Inc.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The 20 stocks meeting those requirements are: Ralph Lauren (RL), Time Warner(TWX), Twenty-First Century Fox(FOXA), PepsiCo(PEP), Estee Lauder(EL), Tesoro(TSO), XL(XL), Ameriprise Financial,(AMP), Unum(UNM), Merck(MRK), AbbVie(ABBV), Gilead Sciences(GILD), General Dynamics(GD), Alaska Air(ALK), United Continental(UAL), Delta Air Lines(DAL), Oracle(ORCL), eBay(EBAY), Apple(AAPL), and Centurylink(CTL).