• Why This Oil and Gas Stock Could Be a Great Addition to Your Portfolio

    By Edwin Ngarari - August 28, 2013 | Tickers: APC, BP, COP

    Putting your money in an oil and gas stock is without a doubt one of the most solid investments you can make. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. The demand for fuel has been steadily increasing over the last couple of decades in a manner that has left oil and gas exploration companies struggling to meet the pressing demand. With that being said, one company in particular - Anadarko Petroleum more »

  • Does This Oil Major Offer Investors Enough?

    By Bob Ciura - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, MRO

    The markets are near historic highs, and interest rates are still near historic lows. As a result, many financial pundits fear that the market has gotten ahead of itself and is ripe for a pullback.

    If that’s the case, then investors could use a dose of slow-and-steady profits with the added safety of a strong dividend. If you’re an investor on the lookout for a stock that admittedly more »

  • ConocoPhillips Moves a Step Closer to Its Strategic Goal

    By Satarupa Bose - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COP, XOM, IMO

    The shale plays of the U.S. are playing a bigger role day by day in the world oil and natural gas market. The advent of new technologies has not only opened up new avenues of growth for the country, but has also compelled oil and natural gas companies to shift their focus on the U.S. shale plays. The recent sale of Clyden oil sands leasehold by ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COPmore »)

  • One Thing You Must Know Before Investing in Oil or Steel

    By Marie Palumbo - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, X

    At first glance oil and steel don’t have much in common. Yes, they’re both commodities, but the similarities end there, right? Wrong. There is one major characteristic that the two share: refining operations are the key to both the oil and steel industries.

    High-strength refining

    When it comes to steel, refining is the process of taking already-made steel and customizing it to meet specific demands of customers. Often more »

  • With Earnings Gushing, This Stock Is Moving Higher

    By Justin Pope - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    Recently a handful of the big oil companies released 2013 second-quarter earnings. The results were a little disappointing for the most part. But one company has been promising returns and in its second-quarter report backed up its talk with fantastic performance. Let's take a look at how a few of the major oil companies have fared this past quarter.

    A slight disappointment...

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    source: Yahoo! Finance

  • ExxonMobil and Chevron: Structurally Unsound Investments

    By Alexander Cho - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM, USO

    ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) missed earnings expectations by a very large margin this past quarter. This indicates that all is not well with Big Oil.

    What’s going on?

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    Source: EIA

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    Source: EIA

    Gasoline supplied in 2012, and 2013 is below the five-year average. Just because oil markets can increase total market supply, doesn’t necessarily mean it always does. The market for oil is usually colluded more »

  • Exxon Misses, ConocoPhillips Raises Production, and Shell Writes Down North American Shale Assets

    By RJ Towner - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, COP, XOM

    As Valuentum followers are aware, Valuentum thinks the oil majors each have their own respective strengths and weaknesses. Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) has consistently earned the best economic returns (ROCE) among peers, but its stock price is rich, trading at the high end of our fair value estimate range (at the time of this writing). ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) continues to raise its production forecasts and is the second-best value-creator (ROCE more »

  • 3 Oil and Gas Companies with Plans For Growing Returns

    By Shweta Dubey - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: COP, PSX, RRC

    According to MarketLine, the global oil and gas market is expected to reach $3.7 trillion in 2015 with a compound annual growth rate of 7% from 2010. The rising prices have resulted in an increase in oil and gas production. Companies in the industry are adopting various measures to increase their revenues from oil and gas extraction. Three such companies are looking for growth opportunities to enhance their production more »

  • Bruce Berkowitz Likes This Large Natural Gas Player

    By Anh HOANG - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, COP, XOM

    Bruce Berkowitz, one of the most famous investment managers in the world, has managed to deliver a decent annualized return of 12.10% since the inception of his fund in 1999. His fund, The Fairholme Fund, has beaten the S&P 500’s annualized gain of only 2.61% during the same period.

    In the first six months of 2013, the Fairholme Fund gained 15.08%, with ten concentrated positions more »

  • Should Poor Earnings From Big Oil Make Investors Panic?

    By Bob Ciura - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: COP, XOM, RDS-B

    Oil prices are rising, and the global economy continues to recover from the worst financial crisis in decades. With those twin tailwinds, you’d think Big Oil stocks would be a no-brainer investment. Unfortunately, a pair of very disappointing earnings results from energy giants ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B) sent each stock significantly lower on a day in which the markets rallied more than 1% to more »

  • A Melting Arctic Means More Shipping, Drilling for Fuel

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: COP, GRMN, GNK

    As the Earth's temperature rises as a result of global warming, one of the effects is melting ice in the Arctic Ocean. Ice in the Arctic  has long been a barrier for greater trade activity because it blocks ships from crossing the body of water. For instance, in 2010, only four ships crossed the Arctic, according to Scientific American. That number rose to 34 in 2011 and a record-breaking more »

  • Why You Should Consider Including Oil & Gas Exploration and Production in Your Portfolio

    By Awais Malik - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: CNQ, COP, OXY

    In every sphere of life and business, what differentiates the best from mediocrity is an aspect of efficiency, producing more from less, consuming less to go further, pay less to buy more.

    After bolting on acquisitions for a decade, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is now on the road to becoming a leaner, more efficient and shareholder rewarding company. That being said, the downstream operations spin-off has allowed the oil giant to more »

  • As Oil Prices Soar, These Stocks Will Benefit

    By Bob Ciura - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, RDS-B

    Among the many headlines flowing through the financial media about the state of the economy, one development that has gone relatively unnoticed is the rapid rise in oil prices seen over the past several weeks.

    As we enter the peak driving season, gas prices are most likely about to rise in many American cities. While that means pain at the pump for us everyday people, it means profits galore for more »

  • Has the ConocoPhillips Split Left a Cheap Oil Major?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    Last year, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) spun out its downstream assets as Phillips 66 in order to focus more on its exploration and production operations. In theory, spin-offs such as this one not only lead to the “child” company becoming more efficient -- as management does not have to concern itself with the needs of the larger organization -- but also help the parent company improve as its management can focus on the more »

  • Why You Should Buy ConocoPhillips

    By Justin Pope - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    Energy is a sector that everyone's portfolio should have some exposure to. Energy powers everything in our society, with oil being the dominant resource. Over the long term, ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is one of my favorite companies--let's take a closer look at the company and see why.

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    Source: Yahoo! Finance

    As you can see in the graph above, ConocoPhillips has been on a nice run this year. Here more »

  • More Potential Upside for This E&P Business

    By Anh HOANG - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: COP, XOM, HES

    Since the beginning of the year, Hess (NYSE: HES) has experienced a significant rise in the market, up 39.6%, handily beating the S&P 500’s return of only 18.6%. Elliott Management, a 4.5% stake owner in the company, thought that Hess should be worth as much as $126 per share. Michael Price, the famous value investor, also commented that the company could receive an $80 to more »

  • An Income Portfolio for Retirees

    By Ryan Peckyno - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, ABT, KO, COP

    A few years ago we hit an unusual milestone in the chronicles of investing: the average dividend yield of the S&P 500 exceeded the yield of the ten-year Treasury note for the first time in more than 50 years. In fact, in 2011, the average dividend yield of the S&P 500 hovered around 3.3 to 3.4 percent, more than half a percent higher than the ten-year more »

  • Why Aren't You Investing in Oil?

    By Robinson Roacho - July 20, 2013 | Tickers: COP, PBR, SDRL

    Oil prices rose sharply in response to global supply concerns in the Suez Canal in Egypt. However, things seem to have gone back to normal since the army has control of the country and is not likely to allow any disturbance gone unpunished. Therefore, I would expect prices to fall back to high $90s in the interim. Weaker prices may push down these stocks to lower levels, and investors should more »

  • A Dividend Increase and High Yield Make This Oil Major a Buy

    By Bob Ciura - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, COP, XOM

    The integrated oil majors in the United States are highly profitable companies that reward their shareholders handsomely with profits and dividends that flow year in and year out. And, as oil climbs above $100 per barrel and we enter the peak summer driving season, it’s a great time to reconsider big oil.

    A recent dividend increase on top of an already industry-leading dividend yield make ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) a more »

  • 3 Oil and Gas Companies that Income Investors Should Love

    By Anh HOANG - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, COP

    Income investors should really focus their attention on several big oil and gas corporations due to their huge proved reserves, cheap valuation and juicy dividend yields. George Putnam has pointed out eight energy companies which satisfied those above-mentioned criteria. In this article, we will take a closer look at three global integrated energy giants: BP (NYSE: BP), Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP). We will try to determine whether more »

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