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Global Hunter Securities Downgrades Hercules Offshore (HERO) to Neutral; Continue to Like the HERO Story, But Valuation Concern
December 22, 2010 9:25 AM EST Global Hunter Securities downgraded Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO) from Buy to Neutral.
Global analyst says, "Hercules Offshore has seen an impressive upwards move in the last three weeks, with solid moves higher over each of the last four trading days (+25% total in that period). We remain positive on the HERO story, expecting that the worst of the permitting slowdown is in our rear-view, but we feel that shares have run too far too fast. We are therefore downgrading shares to Neutral."
$5 for a gallon of gasoline in 2012 Laurie Segall, staff reporter, On Monday December 27, 2010, 2:29 pm EST CNNMoney
The former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister, says Americans could be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline by 2012.
In an interview with Platt's Energy Week television, Hofmeister predicted gasoline prices will spike as the global demand for oil increases.
"I'm predicting actually the worst outcome over the next two years which takes us to 2012 with higher gasoline prices," he said.
Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with Oil Price Information Service says Americans will see gasoline prices hit the $5 a gallon mark in the next decade, but not by 2012.
"That wolf is out there and it's going to be at the door...I agree with him that we'll see those numbers at some point this decade but not yet." Kloza said.
"The demand is still sluggish enough in some of the mature economies."
Gasoline prices have been steadily rising. Last week, gas prices crossed the $3 mark for the first time since October 2008. According to AAA figures, prices are up 4% from a month ago and 16% from the $2.585 average a year ago.
A study from the Oil Price Information Service estimates drivers will spend $305 on gasoline in December. According to the study, fuel prices are up 13.6% from last December and 76% higher from December 2008.
Gas prices eased off last week's gains but still remain around the $90-a-barrel mark, trading at $91.14-a-barrel. Prices are down around 0.4% from Thursday's close after China unexpectedly raised interest rates over the holiday weekend for the second time in two months.
Oil prices settled above $90 a barrel for the first time since October of 2008.