|Bid||74.01 x 800|
|Ask||74.18 x 2200|
|Day's Range||73.44 - 74.25|
|52 Week Range||64.65 - 87.36|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.05|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||17.07|
|Earnings Date||Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 29, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||3.48 (4.33%)|
|1y Target Est||85.03|
The stock market knows something policymakers don't: The era of oil stocks is dead.Despite Administration efforts to embargo Iran and Venezuela, and despite fracking's growing control over supply, the price of the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil remains below where it was last fall. The global price, defined by Brent North Sea oil, dropped $7 per barrel in the month before May 23.A decade that began with an "energy crisis" is ending in a global glut, just as U.S. production reaches a record 12 million barrels a day.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsTo keep production high, the Administration is giving the oil companies everything they always wanted. Rules on safety are being abolished. Government-owned lands are being opened for drilling. The Administration is trying to open Alaska to oil exploration.Yet despite what had been the best quarter for prices in a decade and predictions from analysts of even-higher prices, stocks in the oil sector haven't risen in five years. The U.S. Oil Fund (NYSEARCA:USO), an ETF tracking the oil sector, is down 68% over that time, while the S&P 500 is up 46%.How is this possible? It's possible because oil and gas no longer represent cheap energy. Renewable energy, not just efficiency but electricity produced without oil, gas or nuclear fuel, is becoming the cheap energy.The lifetime cost of solar and wind installations, $63.20 per Megawatt-hour, is now below that of coal, and approaching that of natural gas. The solar power expansion that began early this decade in the Far West, spurred by favorable tax laws, has now spread to the heart of the U.S. oilpatch. * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy What should be a golden era in the oilpatch tastes like dust on Wall Street because it has come too late. Exxon Mobil (XOM)Source: Shutterstock Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) stock reached its peak for the year in April, trading at over $83 per share. On May 23, it was trading below $74.At that price, the stock yielded 4.33% in dividends, $3.48 per share, and had a price-to-earnings ratio of 17 … slightly below the market. In 2018, Exxon Mobil earned $4.88 per share, but for the first quarter, it earned only 55 cents per share fully diluted, below analyst estimates.Exxon Mobil is the most diversified of the American oil majors. It produces oil around the world, refines it, and markets it through its own stations. Exxon blamed the first quarter on its refining segment. Its report highlighted a huge new oil find off the coast of Guyana, and a gas find off the coast of Cyprus. Its very diversification is hurting results.The analyst verdict on Exxon Mobil is weakening, with four analysts taking down buy orders and entering the weaker "hold" camp in the last three months. Analysts are worried about Exxon Mobil's ability to generate cash from operations. The best-run company in Houston has become the least-favorite major oil stock. If Exxon Mobil, with its global reach, diversification, yield and $279 billion in 2018 revenue, up almost 20% from 2017, isn't a great investment, what is? Schlumberger (SLB)Source: Shutterstock Oil has become a technology business, and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) is its master.Schlumberger technology makes it easier than ever to find oil, to drill for it, and to measure what's going on inside a well. Schlumberger pays a 50-cent-per-share dividend that was yielding 4.69% at the May 23 price of about $37.50. It generated $5.7 billion in operating cash flow last year, on a market cap of $51.4 billion.So, you think, business is great, and people are wonderful. Not so fast.Over the last five years, Schlumberger has been a disastrous investment. The shares are down 64% in that time. The dividend hasn't been increased since 2015. Profits have been falling over the last four quarters and are down 60% from their 2015 peak, when Schlumberger bought oil tools producer Cameron for $14.8 billion. Capital spending has been declining in the oil patch, and Schlumberger is suffering. Commodity oversupply means better technology for reaching that commodity isn't a good investment. Analysts, however, have yet to give up on the stock, with half keeping it on their buy lists. * 7 Marijuana Stocks to Play the CBD Trend Schlumberger management remains optimistic about international operations and there are still analysts pounding the table for it. But it's generally "out of sight, out of mind," a stock that's seldom written about, where mid-decade it was one of the hottest stocks in the market. Whiting Petroleum (WLL)Source: SarahTz Via FlickrIn 2014, Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL) bought Kodiak Oil & Gas for $3.8 billion, becoming the largest producer in the Bakken oil field of North Dakota and Montana, a field opened up by fracking technologyI called Whiting the "King of the Bakken." I also told investors to "sell while you can."Since then, the stock is down 88%; its market cap is down to $1.77 billion, half what it paid for Kodiak. Growing revenues, and even a $342 million profit in 2018, failed to attract buyers. Its March report slipped back into a loss of $69 million, and the shares have resumed their march toward zero.Things are so bad that when Whiting offered to buy QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP), another big Bakken player, Whiting shares fell 10%. No thanks, investors said, we're full.Making things worse is that CEO Brad Holly, hired from Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE:APC) in 2017, was named in a sexual harassment scandal at his former employer. Holly vigorously denies the charges, but such charges have to be distracting.There remain analysts pounding the table for Whiting, and the North Dakota oilpatch.The problem is that all oil is not created equal. Transportation costs create a discount between the Bakken price and what Texas oil brings. Even if Whiting is paying $50 per barrel to bring oil up, it was only attracting $52 per barrel in February. The price for Bakken oil has been as high as $65/barrel in the last year, but as low as $38/barrel.The market's verdict is clear, and it seemed clear to me years ago. Get out of oil stocks while you can.Dana Blankenhorn http://www.danablankenhorn.com is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of the mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Detective-Finds-Her-Family-ebook/dp/B07FSRDR4Y/, available at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing, he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 5 Safe Stocks to Buy This Summer * The 5 Best Telecom Stocks to Buy Now * 6 Innovative Stocks With Big Long-Term Growth Potential Compare Brokers The post 3 Oil Stocks to Drop Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Opponents of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said on Friday they had mustered enough support in parliament to oust him over a range of grievances including a gas deal with France's Total , which critics have questioned. Political instability is something of a fixture in the resource-rich but poverty-stricken South Pacific nation and O'Neill, who has been leader since 2011, has seen off previous attempts to topple him. "It'll only be a formality," defecting Commerce Minister Wera Mori told Reuters, referring to what he said would be O'Neill's removal after parliament reconvenes on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump on Thursday tore into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying the California Democrat had “lost it” after she suggested his family hold an intervention for the good of the country.
Energy stocks were leading the broader stock market's declines Thursday, as crude oil prices suffered a second-straight sharp selloff amid concerns over both weaker demand and increased supply. The SPDR Energy Select Sector ETF droppped 3.3% toward a 4 1/2-month low, and was by far the biggest decliners of the SPDR ETFs tracking the S&P 500's 11 sectors, while the S&P 500 shed 1.3%. All 29 of the ETF's (XLE) equity components were losing ground, led by shares of Hess Corp. , down 6.8% and Diamondback Energy Inc. , down 6.1%. Among other more active XLE components, shares of Occidental Petroleum Corp. gave up 2.5%, Halliburton Co. shed 5.2%, Exxon Mobil Corp. lost 2.4%, Chevron Corp. shed 2.6% and Kinder Morgan Inc. declined 1.9%. Crude oil futures dropped 4.2%, after falling 2.7% on Wednesday.
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The federal government's EIA report revealed that crude inventories rose by 4.7 million barrels for the week ending May 17 to a 22-month high.
The probe is broad in scope and is at an early “investigatory stage,” Clive Thomas, director of the the State Assets Recovery Agency, said in an interview in the seaside capital of Georgetown last week. The Stabroek, Kaieteur and Canje blocks, all operated by Exxon, will be part of the inquiry, as well as Orinduik operated by Tullow, he said. The investigation pits the administration of President David Granger against the previous government headed by Donald Ramotar, who left office in 2015.
Futures in New York slipped 2.7% Wednesday, the biggest drop since May 2, after the U.S. Energy Department said weekly crude inventories had swelled to the highest level since July 2017. Gasoline stockpiles also grew faster than expected, domestic oil production ticked up and refinery utilization fell to the lowest seasonally adjusted level in five years. Prices had already been falling along with equity markets Wednesday as trade tensions between the world’s top two economies showed no signs of abating.
Two years after breaking ground on a $95 million Science and Engineering Building, the University of Texas at San Antonio has made significant progress on its largest construction project ever. The crane used to build the shell of the more than 160,000-square-foot structure is gone. The walls are up, and by the time UTSA students arrive for the fall semester, some of the glass and brick on the building’s façade will be installed. UTSA officials said the progress symbolizes the university’s growth and what the project will bring for how the institution and its students conduct research.
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A 3.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the northern Dutch region of Groningen on Wednesday will not immediately alter current plans for gas production there, a government spokesman said. "We will await ...
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Norway's Equinor (EQNR) acquired an additional 22.45% stake in GoM's Caesar Tonga oilfield, while energy services behemoth Schlumberger (SLB) sold several drilling assets for $400 million.
As Iraq has been drawn in to the escalating tensions between Iran and the U.S., U.S. citizens have been evacuated from the country and some oil workers have now left as well
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Hopes for a speedy resumption of oil exports from Russia to Poland and Germany along the Druzhba pipeline route are fading after plans to remove dirty oil from the pipeline had a major setback last week, three trading sources said. Russia halted oil flows along the pipeline to Eastern Europe and Germany in April because of contaminated crude, leaving refiners in Europe scrambling to find supplies. Under the restart plan, Total was due to take the lion's share of the dirty oil into its Leuna refinery in Germany to dilute and process it there, sources said.