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  • After Earnings, Is BP Finally on its Way Back to Health?

    By Bob Ciura - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BP, TOT, RIG

    The trial of BP (NYSE: BP) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG), the operator and owner of the rig that tragically exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, continues its proceedings. Three years after the explosion, both stocks still suffer the stigma of the oil spill, and both companies are likely to face further financial penalties.

    With BP’s recent earnings in the rearview mirror, investors are looking for any reason more »

  • Is the Oil Market Broken?

    By Joshua Bondy - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: BP, TSLA, TOT

    The market is supposed to change supply to meet changes in demand, yet the oil market appears to be breaking the mold. The price of oil and the number of drilling rigs has skyrocketed, yet oil production has only increased by a small amount. If you want to safeguard your energy investments you need to recognize the difficulties that the energy market is going through, and the lack of straightforward more »

  • 3 French Companies for Your Portfolio

    By Federico Zaldua - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AXAHY.PK, DANOY.PK, TOT

    Against what many analysts had expected, there is increasing evidence that France's macroeconomic conditions are improving. For example, since January, the increase in France's PMI new orders has been impressive at 9.1 points (compared to 2.5 points for the Euro-area aggregate). With this in mind, let's take a look at some French companies.

    Betting on insurance

    I like insurance giant AXA Group (NASDAQOTH: AXAHY.PK) for more »

  • International Oil Stocks on the Cheap

    By Reuben Brewer - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: E, RDS-B, TOT

    International stocks are trading at a 35% discount to U.S. stocks according to Russ Koesterich, Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock. Dividend investors looking for undervalued foreign stocks should take a look at Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B), ENI (NYSE: E), and Total (NYSE: TOT).

    Still Room to Run

    Koesterich believes that, overall, stocks can keep moving higher because he doesn't expect the Federal Reserve to up rates since more »

  • Is it Time to Invest in Europe?

    By Andrés Cardenal - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: SAN, BAMXF, DB, TOT

    The European crisis has been long and painful, and it´s still too early to tell if the Eurozone is leaving the recession behind. However, recent economic data is quite auspicating, so maybe it’s time to invest in European companies while they are still cheap.

    European Green Shoots

    European stocks were rising on Wednesday as the Markit Flash Eurozone PMI index reveled encouraging data about the health of the more »

  • To Be Profitable, We Need More Regulation

    By Joshua Bondy - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: ENB, TOT, TRP

    Recently, a Canadian train carrying oil crashed in a small town and killed 50 people. This shouldn't be a great surprise, as more oil is being transported by trains, and statistics show that the risk of a spill by a train is around six times greater than a spill by a pipeline. There is strong opposition to new pipelines like the Transcanada (NYSE: TRP) Keystone XL, but recent events more »

  • Why Investors Should Consider French Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: DANOY.PK, SNY, TOT

    Investors may write off France as a country of punishing taxes and economic calamity, but the truth is, there are some extremely profitable companies that call France home. It’s not hard to understand why. Despite the ongoing headwinds presented by the widespread European fiscal crisis, France remains the fifth-largest economy in the world by gross domestic product, according to the United Nations.

    And, recent evidence suggests that the French more »

  • This Will be the Year That Makes or Breaks Gazprom

    By Yong Kwon - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: OGZPY.PK, TOT

    There is no energy company more closely associated with Russia’s status as a resource superpower than Gazprom (NASDAQOTH: OGZPY.PK). Controlled by the state and chaired by people closest to President Vladimir Putin, the energy giant saw its finest hours in the mid-2000s when global energy prices skyrocketed, giving it and the Kremlin incredible sway over European affairs. As a testament to the power and wealth Gazprom brought to the more »

  • Dutch Discount Bin: Royal Dutch Shell

    By Robbert Manders - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, RDS-A, TOT

    The Dutch discount is the phenomenon of the comparatively low valuation of Netherlands traded stocks and has been around for a long time. There are a few reasons for this discount but those had been fading in recent years. However, recently the Dutch discount re-appeared in Dutch financial news because the main index lagged the broad European stock market over the past year.

    The explanations for the recent Dutch discount more »

  • What Does Seth Klarman’s Baupost See in This Energy Stock?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, COP, XOM, TOT

    For about a year, oil major BP (NYSE: BP) has been the largest position in the Baupost Group’s portfolio, according to 13Fs filed with the SEC; we track 13Fs as part of our work developing investment strategies. In the first quarter of this year, Baupost, managed by Seth Klarman (whose 1991 investing book Margin of Safety has sold for as much as $1,500), increased its holdings of BP more »

  • Total SA: Inexpensive yet Overperforming

    By Awais Iqbal - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: BP, XOM, TOT

    The Oil industry is booming again as WTI crude rose to a two week high in anticipation of an increase in demand for fuel due to better than expected U.S. employment gains. In this oil sector, Total SA (NYSE: TOT) appears to be a good option for investors for several reasons. Firstly, the company is highly undervalued compared to its peers. Secondly, the financial performance of the company is more »

  • Which Oil Stock Will Make You Really Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, PBR, TOT

    As oil/gas reserves have been depleting with time, a large part of these reserves are now controlled by national entities. However, there is still a large share of oil that the private sector explores, produces, and refines. In this article, I will be comparing three major oil companies – ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), Total (NYSE: TOT), and Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) – in terms of value being offered to investors.

    Financial review

    Currently more »

  • Which European Oil Major Is The Best Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: BP, RDS-B, TOT

    Big Oil is an industry with many companies to choose from. When most investors first think of buying energy stocks, the U.S-based giants usually come to mind. However, for those investors willing to broaden their geographical horizons, there are plenty of international energy companies that are just as profitable and shareholder friendly as their American competitors.

    Consider these European energy majors

    Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B) is the giant more »

  • This Norwegian Oil and Gas Company Is Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, STO, TOT

    In the search for investment opportunities in the oil and gas business, I came across Statoil (NYSE: STO), the Norwegian integrated energy company. Statoil’s stock price performance has been worse than its peers, including ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Total (NYSE: TOT). Since the beginning of the year, while ExxonMobil gained 5.7% and Total decreased by 4.2%, Statoil experienced a 10.6% decline on the market. Is Statoil more »

  • Riches in Israel and Cyprus: Why You Must Invest

    By Jaiyant Cavale - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: E, NBL, TOT

    Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL), which made significant new deep-water natural gas discoveries off the coast of Israel last month, has begun to drill at a new appraisal well off the coast of Cyprus. The company discovered 5 trillion to 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2011. The resumption of drilling is expected to quantify and confirm previous findings. In this article, I shall discuss why Noble is one more »

  • Human Energy, Consistent Returns

    By Ryan Guenette - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, E, XOM, TOT

    A trailblazer in the global energy industry, Chevron (NYSE: CVX) has matched, stride by stride, the Dow Jones Industrial Average so far in 2013, under-performing the blue chip average by only 1.66%.      

    Chevron is a major player in the global energy industry. The company operates its upstream and downstream segments, and possesses a dominant global presence. Based on market capitalization, Chevron is valued at monumental $240.61 more »

  • Is Chevron a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Bob Ciura - June 1, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, MRO, TOT

    Income investors are on the hunt for stocks that provide current dividend yields that surpass the yield on the S&P 500 Index, which currently stands around 2%. Dividend growth investors look for stocks that raise their payouts on a regular basis, at growth rates that will allow them to maintain purchasing power over time. Growth investors, on the other hand, look for companies that grow sales and profits at more »

  • An Oil Giant With a Super Dividend

    By Nauman Aly - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, TOT

    Total (NYSE: TOT) is a large European oil company that doesn’t get as much attention from investors as US oil companies like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX). However, it is the third largest player in the oil-gas industry. The United States companies do have a strong track record and a positive growth outlook in the long-term. However, Total should not be overlooked if you are considering a more »

  • BlackRock Sees Market Rotation: Part 1

    By Reuben Brewer - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: E, RDS-B, TOT

    BlackRock's chief investment strategist believes that foreign stocks and the energy sector are both good places to look right now. To find a few names, I reviewed the latest semi-annual report for BlackRock Global Dividend Income Fund. Three names that stuck out were Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B), Total (NYSE: TOT), and Eni (NYSE: E).

    The Perfect Fund for Ideas

    Russ Koesterich, chief investment strategist at BlackRock, believes that more »

  • Avoiding A Sweeney Todd Haircut: Part Two

    By Reuben Brewer - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: COP, RDS-B, TSLA, TOT

    In his May market commentary Bill Gross of PIMCO compared the risk of investing today to a Sweeney Todd haircut. Losing one's head in the market isn't a very promising outlook, but you can't collect dividends if you aren't invested. Gross suggests that investors “gradually reduce risk positions in 2013.” Here are some ways to do that with a perpetually in-demand commodity.

    A Bubble

    Bill Gross more »

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