Despite their best efforts, the Bears couldn’t inflict too much damage on the stock market today.
The S&P 500 dipped 0.04% to 1,939.38 today, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.1% to 16,449.18. The Nasdaq Composite ticked up 0.1% to 4,620.37. The S&P had dropped as much as much as 1% earlier today.
The bounce came despite crude oil’s 5.9% drop to $31.62 a barrel today. Wells Fargo’sPaul Christopher explores the risks of lower oil prices, but thinks that crude could be putting in a bottom:
Oil prices have not moved closely with equity prices historically, but the recent drop in oil prices poses two related risks for equities. First, the imbalance in the oil market comes from an oversupply. The process of rebalancing global oil markets may fall heavily on U.S. energy producers, triggering layoffs and spending cuts to the detriment of an already-weak U.S. manufacturing sector. Second, the latest slide in commodity prices pushes near-term inflation expectations closer to zero and towards deflation risk. If prices in the economy fall (deflation), consumers may be tempted to delay their large purchases until prices stop falling. Of course, this behavior damages revenues, hiring, and confidence throughout the economy.
Hot Energy Companies To Own For 2016: Euro FX(P)
Ecopetrol S.A. operates as an integrated oil company in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2010, its proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas consisted of 1,714.0 million barrels of oil equivalent. The company also transports crude oil, motor fuels, fuel oil, and other refined products, as well as mixture of diesel and palm oil. It owns transportation network consisting of 3,003 kilometers of crude oil pipeline directly, as well as an additional 2,178 kilometers of crude oil pipeline with its business partners; and 3,017 kilometers of multi-purpose pipelines for transportation of refined products from refinery to wholesale distribution points. As of the above date, Ecopetrol S.A. owned 58 stations with a nominal storage capacity of 19 million barrels of crude oil and 6 million barrels of refined products. In addition, the company owns and o perates refineries that produce a range of refined products, including gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, aviation fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, sulfur, heavy fuel oils, motor fuels, and petrochemicals, including paraffin waxes, lube base oils, low-density polyethylene, aromatics, asphalts, alkylates, cyclohexane and aliphatic solvents, and refinery grade propylene, as well as provides industrial services to third parties. Further, it markets various refined and feed stock products, including regular and high octane gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, natural gas, and petrochemical products. The company was formerly known as Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos and changed its name to Ecopetrol S.A. in June 2003. Ecopetrol S.A. was founded in 1948 and is based in Bogota, Colombia.
- [By Douglas A. McIntyre]
Severalvery well-known apps are not on either top five list, buteach must get millions of downloads a month. Twitter, weather apps, Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P), eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY), Gmail, Pinterest, Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), Skype and Groupon Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) already rule across the PC, tablet and smartphone “ecosystems.” None of these is likely to lose popularity, and some probably will gain more.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Pandora Media (NYSE: P) surged 3.57% to $26.56. The volume of Pandora shares traded was 554% higher than normal. Pandora priced an underwritten public offering of 18,200,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $25.00 per share.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Pandora Media Inc. (NYSE: P) is supposed to be under a brand new chief executive officer, and we noted recently about waves and waves of insider selling. Now we are getting word that Pandora plans to increase its float with a secondary stock offering.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Pandora Media (NYSE: P) announced its plans to sell 14 million shares of common stock, including 4 million shares from current stockholders. Pandora shares tumbled 4.54% to $22.90 in the after-hours trading session.
Hot Energy Companies To Own For 2016: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)
Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company. The company primarily focuses on developing petroleum resource basins in Canada’s Athabasca oil sands; explores, acquires, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas in Canada and internationally; transports and refines crude oil; markets petroleum and petrochemical products primarily in Canada; and markets third party petroleum products. It operates in Oil Sands; Exploration and Production; Refining and Marketing; and Corporate, Energy Trading, and Eliminations segments. The Oil Sands segment recovers bitumen from mining and in situ development in northern Alberta, and upgrades it into refinery feedstock and diesel fuel or blends the bitumen with diluent for direct sale to market. The Exploration and Production segment is involved in offshore operations off the east coast of Canada and in the North Sea; and operating onshore assets in North America, L ibya, and Syria. The Refining and Marketing segment refines crude oil and intermediate feedstock into petroleum and petrochemical products; manufactures blends; and markets refined petroleum products to retail, commercial, and industrial customers through its dealers and other retail stations. The Corporate, Energy Trading, and Eliminations segment owns interest in six wind power projects with generating capacity of 287 megawatts in Canada; and ethanol plant in Ontario, as well as engages in marketing, supply, and trading crude oil, natural gas, power, and byproducts. The company was formerly known as Suncor Inc. and changed its name to Suncor Energy Inc. in April 1997. Suncor Energy Inc. was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Barclays released its first-quarter earnings preview for oil majors like Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), Suncor Energy (SU) andConocoPhillips (COP), and the surprise is that they see when they list the “Biggest Potential 1Q16 Upside Surprise” they follow it with a single word: “None.” Barclays analyst Paul Cheng and team explain why:
Hot Semiconductor Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Vaalco Energy Inc(EGY)
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (VAALCO), incorporated on February 28, 1989, is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Gabon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, the United States, and Corporate and other, which includes corporate and operations support. The Company owns producing properties and conducts exploration activities as an operator in Gabon, West Africa; conducts exploration activities as an operator in Angola, West Africa, and participates in exploration and development activities as a non-operator in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa. In the United States, it operates unconventional resource properties in North Texas and hold undeveloped leasehold acreage in Montana. It also owns minor interests in conventional production activities as a non-operator in the United States. VAALCO’s subsidiaries include VAALCO Gabon (Etame), Inc., VAALCO Production (Gab on), Inc., VAALCO Angola (Kwanza), Inc., VAALCO UK (North Sea), Ltd., VAALCO International, Inc., VAALCO Energy (EG), Inc., VAALCO Energy Mauritius (EG) Limited and VAALCO Energy (USA), Inc.
The Company’s Etame Marin block is located offshore the Republic of Gabon (Gabon). The Etame Marin block covers an area of approximately 28,700 gross acres and consists of subsalt reservoirs that lie over 20 miles offshore in water depths of approximately 250 feet. The Etame, Avouma/South Tchibala, Ebouri, Southeast Etame and North Tchibala fields are included in the block. Production operations in the Etame Marin block include approximately 10 wells from over four platforms, approximately three subsea wells across all fields tied back by pipelines to deliver oil and associated natural gas through a riser system to allow for delivery, processing, storage and offloading the oil from a leased Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) anchore d to the seabed on the block. Its aggregate production from ! the block is approximately 6.8 million barrels (MMBbls).
The Company has exploration rights to approximately 1.4 million acres offshore central Angola. Additionally, the Company is required to carry the Angolan national oil company, Sonangol P&P, for approximately 10% of the work program.
VAALCO has working interest in a portion of Block P, offshore Equatorial Guinea for the exploration potential on the block. The Company and its partners are working for development and exploration activities in the production area (PDA), including the approval of a development and production plan.
The Company owns approximately 640-acre lease in the Hefley field (Granite Wash formation) in North Texas. The two wells produced approximately 3,000 barrels (Bbls) of condensate and over 180 million cubic feet (MMcf) net to VAALCO. The Company owns working interest in approximately 22,000 gross acres (over 14,300 net acres) covering the Middle Bakken and deeper formations in the East Poplar unit and the Northwest Poplar field in Roosevelt County, Montana.
- [By Monica Gerson]
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) is expected to post a quarterly loss at $0.11 per share on revenue of $18.59 million.
B2Gold Corp (NYSE: BTG) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.00 per share on revenue of $135.84 million.
Hot Energy Companies To Own For 2016: Helmerich & Payne, Inc.(HP)
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. engages in the contract drilling of oil and gas wells. It provides drilling rigs, equipment, personnel, and camps on a contract basis to explore for and develop oil and gas from onshore areas and from fixed platforms, tension-leg platforms, and spars in offshore areas. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Land, Offshore, and International Land. The U.S. Land segment drills primarily in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Nevada. The Offshore segment has drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Equatorial Guinea. The International Land segment conducts drilling operations in Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Mozambique. As of November 12, 2015, the company operated a fleet of 344 land rigs in the United States; 38 international land rigs; and 9 offshore platform rigs. The company also owns, develops, and operates commercial real estate properties; and researches and develops rotary steerable technology. Its real estate investments include a shopping center comprising approximately 441,000 leasable square feet; multi-tenant industrial warehouse properties covering approximately one million leasable square feet; and approximately 210 acres of undeveloped real estate located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- [By Richard Moroney, Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts]
Helmerich & Payne (HP) has paid a dividend without interruption since 1959 and raised the distribution in 40 straight years.
Following a pair of hikes in less than 12 months, Helmerich’s quarterly dividend stands at $0.50 per share, compared to $0.07 per share a year ago.
Hot Energy Companies To Own For 2016: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, produces iron ore pellets, lump and fines iron ore, and metallurgical coal products. The company operates six iron ore mines in Michigan, Minnesota, and eastern Canada; two iron ore mining complexes in Western Australia; five metallurgical coal mines located in West Virginia and Alabama; and one thermal coal mine located in West Virginia. It also owns a 45% economic interest in a coking and thermal coal mine located in Queensland, Australia; and a 30% interest in Amapa, a Brazilian iron ore project in Latin America, as well as chromite properties in Ontario, Canada. The company, formerly known as Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
- [By Lisa Levin]
On Monday, basic materials shares surged by 1.1 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) and Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE: EXK).
Hot Energy Companies To Own 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.
- [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.
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