Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018

According to a report by Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia wants to push the price of crude up from its current level of $65-$70to near $80 a barrel. The Middle Eastern nation needs that price to boost the valuation of its national oil company, Saudi Aramco, which it plans to take public next year. Hitting its desired sell price would provide the Kingdom with the funds needed to jump-start an investment strategy that would wean its economy off petrol dollars over the next decade.

Saudi Aramco’s valuation, however, isn’t the only one that would benefit from a pop in the price of crude. Many oil producers in the U.S. restructured their operations to run on $50 oil, so if the Saudi strategy is successful, these oil companies would produce a gusher of cash flow, which could fuel high-octane gains for investors. While that rise would likely lift the entire sector, Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO)could outperform in that scenario.

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Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Exxon Mobil Corporation(XOM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By John Bromels]

    If you’re looking for a compelling oil and gas industry investment, why not start at the top? The biggest U.S. oil and gas company,ExxonMobil(NYSE:XOM), had been outperforming the biggest U.S. independent oil and gas exploration and production company,ConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), for years as the oil price downturn hurt profits.

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    Higher oil prices haven’t helped large integrated oil companies such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) much, though they did see gains Tuesday with the rest o the market and after a positive note from Bank of America Merrill on Exxon.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) traded down about 0.3%, at $81.57 in a 52-week range of $72.16 to $89.30. Over the past 12 months, Exxon stock has traded down about 1.2%.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    This is the industrial giant’s 23rd consecutive week as the Dow’s worst performer. The company maintains a big lead over the second worst stock, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), down about 8.1% for the year, and third-worst, Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), down about 7%. Only five of the 30 Dow stocks are trading down so far this year.

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    The $19.26 billion XLE follows the Energy Select Sector Index and holds 31 stocks. The ETF is dominated by Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). The two largest U.S. oil companies combine for over 39.5 percent of XLE's weight.

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    Separately, activist Paul Singer’s Elliott Management on Tuesday reported acquiring new significant positions in Ford, Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) and other companies.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd(AAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Advantage Oil & Gas (NYSE:AAV) (TSE:AAV) released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The oil and gas company reported $0.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.03), MarketWatch Earnings reports. The business had revenue of $58.07 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $62.09 million. Advantage Oil & Gas had a net margin of 39.22% and a return on equity of 2.98%.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 4.4% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $14.43 after closing at $15.09 on Monday. The 52-week high is $34.93. Volume of about 15 million was nearly double the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) fell about 3.6% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $14.77 after closing at $15.30 on Friday. The 52-week high is $35.64. Volume of about 9.4 million was about 20% higher than the daily average of around 7.7 million shares traded. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Media headlines about Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) have been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Range Resources earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the oil and gas exploration company an impact score of 46.3371462950661 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Baytex Energy Corp(BTE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Baytex Energy (TSE:BTE) (NYSE:BTE) had its price target raised by equities researchers at TD Securities from C$4.50 to C$5.50 in a report issued on Friday. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. TD Securities’ price target points to a potential downside of 0.90% from the company’s current price.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Baytex Energy (NYSE: BTE) and Pioneer Energy Services (NYSE:PES) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, risk and dividends.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Superior Drilling Products, Inc.(SDPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Superior Drilling Products Inc.(NYSE: SDPI) is based in Utah and manufactures equipment used in drilling for the natural gas and oil mining sectors.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.(CRZO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ:CRZO) jumped nearly 13% by 1:45 p.m. EDT on Tuesday after the company reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter results.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CRZO. Sterling Investment Advisors Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas in the 4th quarter worth about $128,000. CIBC Asset Management Inc purchased a new stake in shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas in the 4th quarter worth about $212,000. Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas in the 4th quarter worth about $235,000. Cypress Capital Management LLC WY purchased a new stake in shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas in the 4th quarter worth about $296,000. Finally, Bowling Portfolio Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Carrizo Oil & Gas in the 4th quarter worth about $306,000.

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    Carrizo Oil & Gas Company Profile

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That bullish inventory number, along with the potential for even higher oil prices, sent oil stocks soaring, with several smaller producers spiking more than 10% today. Among that group was EP Energy (NYSE:EPE), Sanchez Energy (NYSE:SN), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), HighPoint Resources (NYSE:HPR), and Carrizo Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:CRZO).

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Since independent oil and gas producer Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. (NASDAQ: CRZO) reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 results Tuesday morning, shares have taken a beating. Just looking at earnings per share (EPS) and revenues, the punishment seems to be worse than the crime.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Carl Icahn fired off a letter to the board of AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ: AFSI) Thursday, blasting the firm for pursuing an “opportunistic going-private transaction” that would squeeze out minority shareholders: Link

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    Evercore upgraded Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR) from In-Line to Outperform
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Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Devon Energy Corporation(DVN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That ability to organically discover new shale plays has saved it a ton of money. The company was able to quietly gobble up 50,000 acres in Oklahoma over a four-year period for just $750 an acre. Contrast that with rivalsDevon Energy(NYSE:DVN) andMarathon Oil(NYSE:MRO). Devon spent $1.9 billion to buy Felix Energy in late 2015 for the company’s 80,000 acres in Oklahoma, paying a whopping $23,750 an acre. Meanwhile, Marathon paid $888 million for PayRock Energy and its 61,000 acres in the state, which amounted to roughly $14,500 an acre. EOG’sdeepknowledge of shale helps it know where to look so it can lock up land for next to nothing before rivals even know what’s there.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) which traded down about 12% at $30.55. The stocks 52-week range is $28.79 to $45.16. Volume was about 30 million compared to the daily average volume of roughly 5 million.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That efficiency was evident in the first quarter when companies like Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) drilled record-breaking wells. In Devon Energy’s case, it completed two of the highest-rate wells ever drilled in the nearly 100-year history of the Delaware Basin. Those wells, when combined with some prolific ones in the STACK shale play, enabled Devon to produce a huge profit in the first quarter. Marathon Oil, meanwhile, drilled record-setting wells in two formations of the Bakken region as well as several high-rate ones in the STACK, which fueled strong profits for the driller in the first quarter.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Phillips 66 Partners LP(PSXP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE: PSXP) just entered the Money Morning VQScore “Buy Zone,” making it one of the best stocks to buy right now.

    And the timing couldn’t be better…

  • [By John Bromels]

    Phillips 66 was the midstream (transportation and storage) and downstream (refining and marketing) arms of oil and gas giantConocoPhillips, which spun the company off in 2012.The company’s midstream operations include income from its master limited partnershipsPhillips 66 Partners(NYSE:PSXP) andDCP Midstream(NYSE:DCP), which it co-owns withEnbridge.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    This strategy of acquiring assets from a large parent company to grow an MLP’s payout has worked well over the years. Refining giant Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) has been one of the most successful with this strategy since creating Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE:PSXP) in 2013. At that time, Phillips 66 launched an ambitious plan to grow its MLP’s distribution at a 30% compound annual rate through 2018 via a steady stream of dropdown transactions. Phillips 66 Partners is right on target, having increased the payout at a 31% compound annual growth rate since the IPO while maintaining solid financial metrics, including covering the payout with cash flow by a very comfortable 1.33 times last quarter and maintaining a conservative debt-to-EBITDA ratio of 3.2 in 2017. This strategy has also richly rewarded investors in Phillips 66 Partners, which has generated a total return of 89% since its IPO despite a recent sell-off, easily ahead of the S&P 500’s nearly 73% total return over that time frame.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

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Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc.(PTEN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its stake in Patterson-UTI (NASDAQ:PTEN) by 31.8% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 3,073,057 shares of the oil and gas company’s stock after purchasing an additional 741,573 shares during the quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ holdings in Patterson-UTI were worth $53,810,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Top 10 Energy Stocks To Buy For 2018: Core Laboratories N.V.(CLB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of oilfield services company Core Laboratories (NYSE:CLB) have pinballed around in the last three years to yield a total return of 0.9% in that span. That’s not exactly the type of consistency investors are after.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    In the years since oil prices plunged from their $100-plus per barrel levels of 2014, many energy industry stocks have struggled — but now, they may be set to rebound. Economic growth worldwide and Middle Eastern production cuts have resulted in a more than doubling of crude oil prices since early 2016; if they remain near current levels or head higher, now could be the perfect time to add Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES), Diamond Offshore (NYSE:DO), and Core Labs (NYSE:CLB) to your portfolio.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

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    America’s oil renaissance is powered almost exclusively by technology, as companies like Schlumberger (SLB) and Core Labs (CLB) are breathing new life into once forgotten wells. Nucor (NUE) has a similar leadership position in the steel industry thanks to technology, and that company will only benefit more that President Trump’s tariffs put the market on a more level playing field.