Around a month ago, I published an article on Seeking Alpha where I looked at the oil production trends of the Permian Basin, one of the largest oil and natural gas producing regions covered by the EIA (Energy Information Administration) in its monthly Drilling Productivity Report (the largest for oil to be specific). After seeing fresh data come out regarding the region, I figured it would be a wise idea to revisit the picture and see what the data is saying for investors in companies like Memorial Production Partners (NASDAQ:MEMP), Approach Resources (NASDAQ:AREX), and Legacy Reserves (NASDAQ:LGCY), as well as for the United States Oil ETF (NYSEARCA:USO) and other oil-related ETFs moving forward.
Looking back at the past
In my last piece on the topic, I had to make three core assumptions regarding the Permian. One of these related to the rig count in the region. Previously, I had forecasted that the rig count would remain unchanged in the area at 196 units, but we seem to have an issue at hand. In its report on the issue, the EIA now says the count has been revised down to 187 units, which is bullish for long-term investors but Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) says the number is now up to 202 units. Though my analysis is based on the EIA’s numbers, I decided to err on the side of caution and use the more liberal Baker Hughes estimate, but I will keep the rig count unchanged here for the time being until we have more clarity.
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