Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018


1. Stocks surge: U.S. stock indexes look set to build on their record-setting performances.

The Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 have both added more than 2.5% since the start of the year. The Dow is now trading near the 20,300 point level.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq index has also turned in a very strong performance, gaining 6.5% since the start of 2017.

U.S. stock futures were inching up on Monday and could be on track for new all-time highs.

Most European and Asian markets were also positive.


2. OPEC oil report: Investors will be watching to see if OPEC cut crude production in January.

OPEC and other major producers agreed to slash oil production late last year and it looks like they’re sticking to the plan. Last week, the International Energy Agency announced the cartel was 90% in compliance.

OPEC will release its own report on Monday.

The agreement to cut production has helped boost crude prices. Crude oil futures are currently trading around $53.50 per barrel, more than double their lowest level of 2016.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: PDC Energy, Inc.(PDCE)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Names which screen well on a combination of attractive valuation and equitized capital structure, include Outperform rated Apache, Anadarko Petroleum,Gulfport Energy as well as Market Perform rated QEP Resources (QEP) and PDC Energy (PDCE).

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Singer and team contend that EOG Resources (EOG), Diamondback Energy (FANG), PDC Energy (PDCE), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), and RSP Permian (RSPP) can benefit from greater productivity. They explain:

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Chevron Corporation(CVX)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is a $217.16 billion oil company based in the United States.

    The CVX share price gained 43% in 2016 as oil prices rebounded. Chevron gained 7% alone between the Nov. 30 OPEC agreement and the end of the year.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) traded down 0.57% at $110.05. The stock’s 52-week range is $82.90 to $119.00. Volume was about equal to the daily average of around 6.4 million shares. The company had no specific news, but like Exxon suffered from concern about growing oil inventories.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The second-worst performing stock among the Dow 30 is the other energy giant, Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), which closed Friday at $107.99 per share, down about 8.3% for the year to date.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

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    HSBC upgraded Chevron (NYSE: CVX) from Hold to Buy
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  • [By Chris Lange]

    Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) saw its short interest decrease to 22.36 million shares from the previous reading of 23.41 million. The shares were last seen trading at $115.65, in a 52-week range of $102.55 to $133.88.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    The DJIA stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Monday was Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) whichtraded down 6.01% at $111.45. The stock’s 52-week range is $102.55 to $133.88. Volume was about double the daily average of around 5.6 million. The company had no specific news, but last Friday’s earnings disappointment continued to send investors out the door Monday.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    ConocoPhillips (COP) was upgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: COP.

    Urban Outfitters (URBN) was downgraded to market perform at William Blair. Continued comp-store sales pressure is pushing out the timeline for a potential recovery, Blair said. 

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Oil exploration is a risky business. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but the odds of drilling a dry hole are very high. Just ask ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), which recorded $432 million of deepwater dry hole costs last year. It’s a problem the company is working to address by stepping away from deepwater exploration so that it can deliver steadier returns for investors.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) also abandoned its leases in the Chukchi Sea earlier this year. It paid $506 million for the 98 leases off Alaska’s northern coast in 2008 and had plans to drill its first exploratory well in 2014 but dropped those ambitions due to regulatory uncertainty. It has also since decided to exit deepwater exploration altogether after drilling a string of dry holes in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Angola, and the Canadian Atlantic, Instead, ConocoPhillips plans to focus its future development efforts on lower-risk onshore shale development.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Things have improved handily from a year ago in the energy sector. Still, even with a pro-energy White House, things are far from perfect in the oil and gas sector. Now ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is delivering great news to its shareholders.

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Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: SandRidge Mississippian Trust II(SDR)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Sandridge Mississippian Trust II (NYSE: SDR) dropped about 18% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $0.75 after closing at $0.95 on Friday. The 52-week high is $1.79. Volume was around 1.3 million, more than nine times the daily average of around 160,000. The company had no specific news.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Superior Drilling Products, Inc.(SDPI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning News Team]

    Superior Drilling Products Inc.(NYSE: SDPI) is based in Utah and manufactures equipment used in drilling for the natural gas and oil mining sectors.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Denbury Resources Inc.(DNR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE: DNR) and California Resources Corp (NYSE: CRC).

  • [By John Stevens]

     Denbury Resources (DNR) stock started sinking on Wednesday. They continued to go down on Thursday and Friday as well. Overall, they went down by over 15% since they opened on Wednesday, alongside oil prices as traders booked profits after three sessions of gains.

    Denbury Resources Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s operations are focused on two operating areas: the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. Its properties with proved and producing reserves in the Gulf Coast region are situated in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, and in the Rocky Mountain region are situated in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. It has estimated proved oil and natural gas reserves of over 288.6 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE). Its primary Gulf Coast carbon dioxide source is Jackson Dome, which is located near Jackson, Mississippi..


    Shares of Denbury Resources slumped by 6.31% to $4.24 during trading on Thursday the 9th as oil prices declined. On Friday, the again went down by another 8.83% to close at $3.31.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Yet even though the overall market held up relatively well, some stocks took substantial hits. Domino’s Pizza (NYSE:DPZ), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), and Pandora Media (NYSE:P) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    That sell-off in the oil market weighed on financially challenged oil stocks, which will struggle if crude continues dropping. Among the biggest losers were Abraxas Petroleum (NASDAQ:AXAS), Whiting Petroleum (NYSE:WLL), Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR), California Resources (NYSE:CRC), and Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE).

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: CNX Coal Resources LP(CNXC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Well, the time to start buying would have been last February–when everything started rallying. Since February 11, 2016, shares of Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) have doubled, while Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) and CNX Coal Resources (CNXC) have tripled. Of course, Peabody Energy was fast approaching bankruptcy then, so missed out on that amazing run.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Tesoro Corporation(TSO)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Valero Energy Corporation along with large cap peersMarathon Petroleum Corp (NYSE: MPC) and Andeavor (NYSE: ANDV), formerlyTesoro Corporation (NYSE: TSO),all giving a similar performance whilemid capWestern Refining, Inc (NYSE: WNR) has varied a bit from its peers:

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.(CLF)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Thursday afternoon, the basic materials sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) and Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Basic materials sector was the top gainer in the US market on Monday. Top gainers in the sector included Haynes International, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAYN), Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF), and Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Shares of Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) rocketed on Thursday and were up more than 16% by 2:30 p.m. EST after the iron ore miner reported expectation-beating fourth-quarter results.

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    U.S. Steel was trading up 8.1 percent, AK Steel 4.5 percent, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc (NYSE: CLF) 7.7 percent and Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) 5.4 percent at the time of publication.

Top 10 Energy Stocks For 2018: Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras(PBR)

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  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for a net loss of $0.05 per share, as well as $18.05 million in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.91. The consensus price target is $11.22, and the 52-week range is $4.98 to $12.56.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    And Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (NYSE: PBR), better known as Petrobras, is scheduled to release its most recent quarterly results late Thursday. The consensus estimates call for a profit of $0.16 per share, as well as $23.81 billion in revenue. Shares ended the weekat $8.86. The consensus price target is $10.82, and the 52-week range is $7.61 to $12.56.

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