As a result, futures rose as much as 0.7% after gaining 1.5% on Wednesday. "New York oil will average a record $100 a barrel next year as the U.S. averts recession, while London-traded Brent will decline from the 2011 mean, according to a Bloomberg News survey of analysts."
Thursday's crude prices for February climbed $0.72 to $99.39 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This is up from Wednesday, when contracts increased by $1.43 to $98.67 per barrel.
Overall, crude prices have risen 8.5% this year after climbing 15% in 2010. Prices are up 25% this quarter alone, the biggest gain since the second quarter of 2009.
Investing ideas So we were wondering, which oil companies have been boosted by bullish sentiment?
To create this list, we started with a universe of about 150 high growth oil companies. To refine the list, we collected data on institutional transactions, and identified the names that have seen significant inflows during the current quarter.
And to further refine the list, we collected data on short-seller trends, and identified the names that have seen a significant decrease in shares shorted during the current month (i.e., short-sellers think the upside of these stocks outweighs the downside)
Sophisticated investors, like hedge fund managers and short-sellers, think these names are going higher -- do you agree?
List sorted by projected earnings growth. (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
1. Gulfport Energy (Nasdaq: GPOR ) : Develops, and produces oil and gas in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Wall Street analysts expect the company's earnings to grow by 43.50% over the next five years. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 7.4M shares, which represents about 17.09% of the company's float of 43.29M shares. Shares shorted have decreased from 4.23M to 3.67M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 1.29% of the company's float of 43.29M shares.
2. Approach Resources (Nasdaq: AREX ) : Engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties in the United States. Wall Street analysts expect the company's earnings to grow by 34.40% over the next five years. Net institutional purchases in the current quarter at 3.3M shares, which represents about 13.24% of the company's float of 24.92M shares. Shares shorted have decreased from 6.39M to 5.59M over the last month, a decrease which represents about 3.21% of the company's float of 24.92M shares.