NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 24, 2012) - Oil and Gas exploration stocks have been on an impressive run as crude prices have rallied sharply on the increased likelihood of stimulus from central banks around the globe. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) has surged nearly 20 percent in the last three months, handily outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the same period. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Oil & Gas Industry and provides equity research on Forest Oil Corporation (
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in their monthly report forecasted oil demand to rise in 2012 and the next. In their monthly report OPEC forecasted global oil demand to increase by 900,000 barrels a day in 2012 and another 800,000 in 2013. During August OPEC produced an average of 254,000 barrels more a day than in July for a total of 31.41 million barrels.
"It's been an impressive performance. And when you put this month's number up against OPEC's own prediction that it is going to need to produce about 30.5 million b/d in the fourth quarter, which is always the heaviest demand period of the year, it should ease fears of tight crude supplies," said John Kingston, Platts global director of news.
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Forest Oil's principal reserves and producing properties are located in the United States in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. For the second half of 2012, Forest expects net sales volumes to average approximately 330 - 340 MMcfe/d (66 percent natural gas and 34 percent oil and natural gas liquids).
Lone Pine Resources Inc. is engaged in the exploration and development of natural gas and light oil in Canada. Lone Pine's principal reserves, producing properties and exploration prospects are located in Canada in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec and the Northwest Territories. The company last week reported it has engaged RBC Capital Markets to assist them in completing a review of their asset portfolio.
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