Top Energy Stocks For 2018

Enphase Energy (ENPH) has been making all the right moves, and this past month is no exception. The company continues merrily down the yellow brick road by 1) reducing expenses, 2) deferring debt, and 3) focusing on core product optimization and advancement of its microinverter. In the words of CEO Badri Kothandaraman, Enphase is laser-focused on its direction, but more importantly, the promise of profitability to the investors is being kept.

Enphase has ~350 employees now; reducing the roster from ~500 was a costly strategic move; Enphase incurred $3.6M for restructuring expenses in Q3-2017 and $2.1M in Q4-2017. According to CFO Bert Garcia at the Q3-2017 conference call, Enphase does not expect to incur significant restructuring expense beyond Q4-2017. Furthermore, in not so much as an expense reduction but more as a synergetic creation, Enphase made policy changes that tie employee compensation to company performance, a true sign of fiscal conservatism.

On March 5th, Garcia made a financial move deferring approximately $765K of principal repayment per month, or $7.65M for the full 10 months remaining of 2018. This deferment gives Enphase more flexibility as it rolls out its latest microinverter product the IQ7. Hopefully, the spike in revenue will be a blip on the radar screen, especially with the tailwinds currently behind Enphase. In reality, a small dilution at current SP could alleviate the term loan once and for all, but with the July-2020 maturity date still a ways off, it’s not a dire issue.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Enbridge Inc(ENB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    In addition to the Trans Mountain system, two other pipeline projects currently are proposed to move crude oil from Alberta either to the Great Lakes or the Gulf Coast. Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) is proposing to replace its 50-year old Line 3 system to transport 760,000 barrels a day to Superior, Wisconsin. TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) has received approval from the Trump administration and would transport 830,000 barrels a day to Nebraska where existing pipelines will take over, sending the crude to U.S. refineries and Gulf Coast terminals.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Not to be outdone, rival Canadian oil pipeline giant Enbridge (NYSE:ENB) announced a transformational gas-focused deal of its own, agreeing to acquire U.S. pipeline company Spectra Energy (NYSE:SE) for $28 billion. That transaction will catapult Enbridge past TransCanada and create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. Further, the deal will bolster Enbridge’s near-term capital project backlog to $20 billion, while enhancing its inventory of longer-term investment opportunities to $37 billion. This pipeline supports Enbridge’s view that it can increase its dividend by 10% to 12% annually through 2024.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE: MDR) rose 19 percent to $7.20 in pre-market trading. Subsea 7 S.A. confirmed a $7.00 per share proposal to acquire McDermott.
    Clarus Corporation (NASDAQ: CLAR) rose 18.5 percent to $8.00 in pre-market trading.
    Enbridge Inc. (NYSE: ENB) rose 9.3 percent to $34.09 in pre-market trading after falling 2.41 percent on Friday.
    Lannett Company, Inc. (NYSE: LCI) rose 8.4 percent to $18 in pre-market trading. Lannett named Maureen M. Cavanaugh as senior vice president and chief commercial operations officer.
    Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: NAP) rose 7.1 percent to $4.55 in pre-market trading after gaining 11.26 percent on Friday.
    Corcept Therapeutics Incorporated (NASDAQ: CORT) rose 6.9 percent to $18.80 in pre-market trading after falling 3.19 percent on Friday.
    Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) rose 5.7 percent to $2.40 in pre-market trading after falling 10.98 percent on Friday.
    Vectren Corporation (NYSE: VVC) shares rose 5.6 percent to $69.20 in pre-market trading. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) announced plans to acquire Vectren for $72 per share in cash
    Genprex, Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) shares rose 5.2 percent to $4.50 in pre-market trading.
    Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ATOS) rose 5.1 percent to $3.70 in pre-market trading after declining 19.35 percent on Friday.
    Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO) shares rose 5 percent to $20 in pre-market trading.
    Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) shares rose 5 percent to $68.41 in pre-market trading.
    Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HALO) shares rose 4.9 percent to $19.78 in the pre-market trading session.

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  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested shorting small cap energy transportation and distribution stock Enbridge Inc (NYSE: ENB):

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Continental Resources, Inc.(CLR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Beta Should Lead At The Start of A Rally: Best ideas in the first leg up: Marathon Oil, Devon Energy (DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), and Continental Resources (CLR). If OPEC announces a cut, whether moderate or deep, we expect that in the initial move up, moderate value beta names, like Marathon Oil, Devon Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, andContinental Resources will lead.For a $5 increase in oil prices, we estimate 2017 cash flow per share would increase 12-18% for these stocks vs. the remainder of the group at 12%. Of these four, short interest is modest for all exceptContinental Resources at 25%, among the highest in our universe. Outperformance of these names should be driven by investors adding to long positions, not short covering.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Continental Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLR) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie on December 14, and on December 12 Credit Suisse started it with an Outperform rating and assigned a $57 price target. The 52-week range for the energy giant is $29.08 to $53.57, and shares were recently trading at $48.56. Continental Resources has a consensus analyst target of about $51 now.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    While crude prices stumbled into 2016, they found their footing by mid-year and roared back to life, ending the year up about 42%. Those rising prices lifted most oil stocks. However, a handful of large-cap oil stocks rose above the crowd by outperforming crude’s rally. Those top-tier performers wereContinental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN), Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC), Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), and Cimarex Energy (NYSE:XEC):

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    There has also been a chorus of voices opposing the Paris agreement as well. Twenty-two Republican Senators last week signed a letter calling for the U.S. to withdraw. On the corporate front, Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources (CLR) and adviser to the Trump campaign, in a letter to Trump ahead of his inauguration reported by the New York Times called on the president to “cancel” the Paris treaty.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    U.S. Steel was trading up 8.1 percent, AK Steel 4.5 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) 7.7 percent and Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) 5.4 percent at the time of publication.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials shares rose by 0.74 percent in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE: AKS), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X).

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
    Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
    Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
    Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
    TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
    Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
    Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
    Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
    OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
    Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
    Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
    General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
    Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.

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  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Shares of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) are in focus after the company reported earnings before the bell. GE stock popped 5.6% after the firm topped earnings per share (EPS) estimates by $0.05 and backed its 2018 outlook. The firm reported EPS of $0.16 on top of $28.66 billion in revenue. GE stock had been off nearly 18% from its last earnings report on January 24 due to ongoing financial and legal problems.
    Crude oil prices dipped Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at OPEC. Trump accused the cartel of keeping oil prices “artificially high” despite “record amounts of oil all over the place.” Brent crude and WTI crude oil both hit three-year highs this week after Saudi Arabia suggested that it was working to press oil prices back above $100 per barrel.
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    Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) are under pressure after The New York Times reported that the firm may be facing a $1 billion fine. The fines would cover a variety of “alleged” misdeeds that include the firm’s push on customers to purchase auto insurance they didn’t need and charging mortgage customers fees for services that they were not using. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will most likely announce the fine today. Money MorningCapital Wave StrategistShah Gilani weighed in on the topic this week, and he offers a scorching indictment.
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Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation(APC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Honorable Mention: Buy-rated Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) with an $80 price target.

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    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a top pick in the financial sector as the analysts expect a net interest growth of 9.2 percent for the full year 2017 and 6.9 percent next year. Both of these estimates are among the highest within the research firm’s coverage universe.

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Community Bank of RaymoreHospitality Properties Trust (HPT) – 1,255,573 shares, 13.81% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 0.01%Realty Income Corp (O) – 398,012 shares, 8.94% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.17%NRG Energy Inc (NRG) – 623,760 shares, 8.27% of the total portfolio. CSX Corp (CSX) – 329,953 shares, 7.98% of the total portfolio. US Bancor

  • [By Brett Hershman]

    Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) said the company is sticking to its plan and will increase spending to stem regional declines, with its pace of growth acceleration still to be determined. The company also said it is still evaluating asset sales but is not currently looking to sell anything for the sake of selling.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Sanchez Energy’s stock has continued to run higher in 2017 and is up nearly 50% since the start of the year. Fueling that surge is the announcement that the company found an exceptional place to put its liquidity to work. In mid-January, the company unveiled a strategic partnership with a private equity giant, Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), to acquire Anadarko Petroleum’s (NYSE:APC) Eagle Ford shale assets for $2.3 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Sanchez and Blackstone entered a 50-50 partnership to own the Anadarko assets, which consist of 155,000 net acres that currently produce 67,000 BOE/D and hold more than 4,000 drilling locations that are economic at current prices. Sanchez will finance its share of the deal with cash on hand, a new bank lending arrangement, and a preferred equity issuance to Blackstone’s credit arm.

Top Energy Stocks For 2018: Panhandle Royalty Company(PHX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Cidara Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: CDTX), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), HealthEquity Inc. (NASDAQ: HQY), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX) and PolarityTE Inc. (NASDAQ: COOL).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Energy sector was the top gainer in the US market on Friday. Top gainers in the sector included Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN), Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: PHX), and SM Energy Co (NYSE: SM).