Top 5 Gas Stocks To Watch Right Now


Leerink’s Geoffrey Porges and Assaf Vestin are attending the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO, meeting and came away seeing the “biggest positive impact” forCelgene (CELG), but only a “modest” impact for Amgen (AMGN),Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) and Gilead Sciences (GILD). They explain:

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We see the biggest impact for Celgenes lenalidomide (Revlimid) in multiple myeloma (MM) following data from the Phase 3 CASTOR and a meta-analysis of lenalidomide maintenance following ASCT in newly diagnosed MM. Other notable data disclosures came from Regeneron and its anti-PD-1 antibody, REGN2810, Gileads MMP9 inhibitor GS-5745in gastric cancer, and Amgens oncolytic virus, T-Vec in combination with pembrolizumab in unresectable melanoma.


Celgene (MP) Revlimid Reinforces Core Position in Myeloma. Two abstracts presented at ASCO reinforce lenalidomides positioning in two different multiple myeloma settings. The first was a meta-analysis of lenalidomide maintenance therapy following autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) patients. The analysis, which was based on three randomized studies, showed that lenalidomide maintenance provided a survival benefit over placebo (HR=0.74, p=0.001). Prior exposure to lenalidomide in induction therapy was correlated with improved survival benefit. This analysis supports the use of lenalidomide in the subset of patients treated with ASCT (25-30%)…

Top 5 Gas 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 Matt Egan]

    It’s rocking your retirement account: The Dow has plummeted 1,800 points so far this year and CNNMoney’s Fear & Greed Index is flashing “extreme fear.” You’re not going to be happy when you open your 401(k) statement. The freakout on Wall Street has been largely driven by the crash in oil. It’s caused energy profits to plunge and slammed stocks like Chevron (CVX) and ConocoPhillips (COP).

Top 5 Gas Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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]

    Transocean (RIG) finally got around to taking out a loan backed by one of its offshore rigs, and while the size of the loan was bigger than expected–and nearly enough to cover its December maturities–the rate on the loan was higher than expected. Citigroup’s Scott Gruber and Craig Abramson explain:

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    After months of discussion, Transocean announced an offering for $600mm in secured notes due 2024. The notes will be secured by the Deepwater Thalassa drillship and will pay a coupon of 7.75%. The offering is set to close on October 19. Transocean expects to receive $583mm in net proceeds from the offering. The issuance will not be 1933 Act registered and instead will be a144A and Reg S filing to allow qualified purchases. Additionally, the notes will be callable after October 15, 2020. The Deepwater Thalassa began its ten year contract with Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) in February 2016 at a rate of ~$500kpd.


    The size of the package is in line with previous commentary from management, but still larger than we would have expected given the essentially non-existent bid market for drillships. The company paid ~$900mm for the rig by its delivery in late 2015. We conservatively assumed the company would get $400mm per rig. The yield is higher than our assumption of ~6.5% given the stress in the offshore rig market coupled with the call option. The company is effectively refinancing the December 2016 5.05% notes (~$938mm outstanding) with a much higher coupon. As a result, the effective average interest rate is set to head towards 7% net of capitalized interest.


    The size of the package should be reassuring to investors who have remained cautious on Transocean due to liquidity concerns in the out years as capex and maturities simultaneously come due. Yet the rate raises the companys interest burden. Thus we believe the news should have a modestly positive reaction on the stock.

    Shares of Transocean have gained 0.

  • [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.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs analystWaqar Syed and team see “green shoots [appearing] in the distance” for oil-field-services sector…just not offshore drillers. They explain why they cut Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Noble (NE) to sell, where they join Transocean (RIG):

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Transocean (RIG) beat earnings forecasts and probably has enough cash but Jefferies analyst Eduardo Royes and team still consider its stock to be a bigger risk when compared to its peers (I’m guessing they mean Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO), Noble (NE) and Ensco (ESV), among others). They explain why:


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    We tweak estimates and raise our PT on lower opex in normalized (as with peers). Liquidity doesn’t look to be an issue in the next few years, but the overhang forTransocean is unchangedwith 16 mostly older UDW floaters uncontracted today and our inability to see enough of an activity ramp to absorb re-entry of these rigs through 2018, downside risk is outsized versus peers. Normalized valuation feels reasonable, but it might give too much credit to UDW activity.

    Tough to see the market growing enough to absorb uncontracted rigs. We commendTransocean for figuring out how to materially lower its stacking costs on UDW rigs, and are willing to giveTransocean the benefit of the doubt that reactivation costs for some of these assets may not be significant today. That said, with the floater rigcount likely on pace to fall through YE16 (into the 150-160 range from 190 today), and given the seemingly low likelihood that floater activity in 2017 can do better than stabilize, oversupply conditions simply feel too great to allow for these rigs to come back for years to come (thus calling into question their longer-term economic viability). Although we do not believe there is a material technical disadvantage to Transocean’s older floaters, we suspect the first rigs to secure UDW work as (if) demand starts to emerge will be the currently committed 2013+ deliveries (“6th Gen V 2.0″ rigs), of which many roll off contract in 2017. What’s more, we suspect that more sister units to these 6G V 2.0 rigs will also come into contention for work as (1) better capitalized drillers will likely be w

Top 10 Long Term Companies To Watch In Right Now: 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 Matt Egan]

    Pink slips are flying in the oil patch: Profits at energy giants Chevron and Exxon Mobil fell over 50% around the middle of last year. No wonder many American oil companies, including Halliburton (HAL) and ConocoPhillips (COP) have aggressively slashed expenses to counter lower earnings. Government statistics indicate the energy industry slashed 130,000 jobs in 2015. Actual job losses that include oil-related businesses are likely higher.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    FBR’s Thomas Curran and Mark Kelley contend that Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) will need General Electric’s (GE) help if their merger–blocked yesterday by the Department of Justice–is to succeed:


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    Confirming the past week’s media reports, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday, April 6, that it will sue to block the Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger. Based on our initial take, the crux of the DOJ’s objection is that Halliburton’s proposal does not create an adequate replacement for Baker Hughes. In an immediate press release,Halliburton replied that the two companies will “vigorously contest” the DOJ’s case; and, as both stocks rose in an oil price surgefueled group rally, the spread actually narrowed modestly. We suspect the spread’s move from $18.17 (implied gross return of 46.2%) to $16.98 (39.7%) reflected surprise by some thatHalliburton believes it still has a case. Cognizant of the now much lower odds of closing, we still like BHI’s risk/reward here: Should the deal fail, it will benefit from the $3.5B breakup fee, with the ability to fully implement restructuring initiatives that have bee n constrained by the merger agreement ($100M in 4Q15, or 300 bps of margin) and a spreading perception that it is back in play; should the deal succeed, the stock will deliver a 40% return, all else constant, within three to four months…


    Any “Hail Mary” solution still likely relies on GE Oil & Gas (GE). Based on the trail of evidence to date, we presume the “prospective buyer” that Halliburton has had “lengthy discussions” with is General Electric. We have long held that, should the deal succeed, it will be because General Electric agrees to buy most, if not all, of the assets; we believe the DOJ’s complaint reinforces this view.

    Shares of Halliburton have dropped 1.2% to $36

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The fifteen stocks that Bianco contends could benefit from a trump win are: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ),Pfizer (PFE),Medtronic (MDT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), L-3 Communications (LLL), Halliburton (HAL), Dow Chemical (DOW), Duke Energy (DUK), For Motor (F), Martin Marietta Materials (MLM), Verizon Communications (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA),Charles Schwab (SCHW), Wells Fargo (WFC), Delta Air Lines (DAL).

Top 5 Gas Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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]

    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 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 Shauna O’Brien]

    Oppenheimer reported on Tuesday that it has raised its rating on energy company Apache Corporation (APA).

    The firm has upgraded APA from “Perform” to “Outperform,” and has given the company a $100 price target. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $87.57.

    Analysts believe that the current stock price already reflects risks and the company is repurchasing shares and debt.

    Apache shares were up 79 cents, or 0.91%, during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 12% YTD.

  • [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:

Top 5 Gas Stocks To Watch Right Now: 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]

    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:

  • [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.