Ultra Petroleum

  • U.S. Energy Department Says Fracking Not A Problem

    By Reuben Brewer - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: HCLP, KMP, UPL

    Bloomberg reports that U.S. “Energy Department researchers so far have found 'nothing of concern'” in a Fracking contamination study. If the final report is as positive, the U.S. oil and natural gas drilling industry will get a boost. Consider Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL), Hi-Crush Partners (NYSE: HCLP), and pipeline giant Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP).

    Fracking is a new drilling technique. Its proponents say that it has more »

  • 3 Natural Gas Stocks to Buy Now!

    By John Dowdee - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, ROSE, UPL

    There is a glut in the natural-gas market thanks to new production techniques that have unlocked shale gas across the North American basin. This abundance caused the price of natural gas to collapse from $13 per million British Thermal Unit (MMBTU) in 2008 to less than $2 in 2012.

    Over the past year, the price has recovered slightly, but the current value of $3.64 per MMBTU is still in more »

  • Three Companies That Will Benefit From Cali's Nuke Closures

    By Reuben Brewer - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: CPN, AES, UPL

    California is permanently losing two nuclear power plants. That's going to make electric supply dicey this summer and the state's reliance on natural gas go even higher over the long term. That's good news for Calpine (NYSE: CPN), AES (NYSE: AES), and, indirectly, Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL).

    Shutting Down

    Edison International's decision to retire two nuclear plants in California will have both near-term and long-term implications more »

  • What Happens When Natural Gas Prices Rise?

    By Reuben Brewer - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ARLP, RDS-B, UPL

    Natural gas isn't as cheap as it was a year ago and that's leading to big changes in the energy market. That will be a good thing for Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL), Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-B), and Alliance Natural Resource Partners (NASDAQ: ARLP).

    Gas Costs

    Drilling for natural gas costs money. How much varies by company, but Ultra Petroleum pegs the average cost at about $7, with more »

  • 3 Great Energy Stocks to Buy Now

    By James Hartje - July 5, 2013 | Tickers: APC, RRC, UPL

    2013 has been a great year for oil and natural gas stocks with many appreciating double digits. As a result, investors are all looking for ways to capitalize on this market. Unfortunately there are hundreds of oil and natural gas stocks, making it difficult for investors to determine which companies are great buys and which ones aren’t. Don’t worry, I’ve found three oil and natural gas stocks more »

  • 4 Firms With Growth Potential Near or Below Book Value

    By Brendan Marasco - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: APA, BP, XOM, UPL, WPX

    The energy industry is here to stay.

    Data from the Energy Information Administration reveals that just U.S. natural gas production is expected to increase 44% through 2040. Furthermore, the case shows that shale gas (gas trapped in rocks underground) production will grow 113% through 2040, nearly 4.2% annualized growth. Even if those estimates are not met, the following companies will generate investor value because of their financial positions more »

  • Boone Pickens Just Cashed Chesapeake Out of Clean Energy Fuels: What Should You Do?

    By Jason Hall - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, CLNE, UPL, WPRT

    Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) has been decreasing its ownership stake in Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) for a few months as it looks to get its own house in order. Last week, Clean Energy co-founder, board member, and outspoken proponent of domestic energy T Boone Pickens picked up a $60 million promissory note from Chesapeake for its remaining Clean Energy shares, which will increase his stake in the company by more »

  • A Regular Fool's Retirement Portfolio: The Energy Future

    By Jason Hall - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, SCTY, TSLA, UPL, WPRT

    I'm in the middle of rolling over a 401k from my former career, and I'm asking readers to follow along as I invest in some of the world's best companies. Go here to see my portfolio in action, and click on my profile to the right to see other posts about this topic. Will you learn more from my successes, or my failures? Only time will answer more »

  • The Low Cost Gas Drillers

    By Reuben Brewer - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, ROSE, UPL

    Natural gas prices remain at depressed levels, but appear to be heading higher of late. With prices in the mid-$4 range lately, some drillers are already in a position to make money. Investors should be looking at Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL), Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK), and Rosetta Resources (NASDAQ: ROSE).

    The Big Fall

    New drilling methods greatly increased the supply of natural gas over the last decade. Without an more »

  • Desperate for Gas

    By Reuben Brewer - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, XOM, RDS-B, UPL

    Japan's nuclear disaster, and subsequent shift away from the power source, has left the country short on power. With few natural resources of its own, it has been importing what it needs. Natural gas is a big part of that, but The United States isn't a player... yet.

    Nuclear Concerns

    Japan suffered one of the few nuclear power related disasters that have been seen in the world. However more »

  • Out of Favor, Overlooked, and Misunderstood Gems

    By Reuben Brewer - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, STTYF, SLW, UPL

    Jim Roumell of Roumell Opportunistic Value Fund (RAMSX) doesn't look for stocks where everyone else does—there's no edge in that. He keeps his eyes open for opportunistic investments that are out of favor, overlooked, and misunderstood. Today, he is seeing opportunities in Ultra Petroleum (NYSE: UPL), Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO), and Sandstorm Metals & Energy (NASDAQOTH: STTYF).

    A New Fund With Deep Roots

    Roumell Opportunistic Value Fund is a more »

  • Four Ways to Play With Gas, One Way to Play With Fire

    By Jason Hall - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, SCTY, UPL, WPRT

    As a kid, I'm sure you heard someone tell you not to play with fire, and heaven forbid, playing with gas (especially) if it involved fire was enough to get a kid in a lot of trouble!  But since we are all responsible adults now, we can finally play with gas and fire, and even do it at the same time and not get burned.  The key is by more »

  • 3 Low Cost Natural Gas Producers Poised to Benefit From Higher Gas Prices

    By Robert Zimmerman - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: EQT, EQM, RRC, UPL

    Natural gas prices slowly increased this year, driven by a colder winter and other consumer demands. This reverses the 2012 trend of declining prices. Not surprisingly, drilling activity declined with natural gas prices and then increased as prices rose. With natural gas prices coming off historic lows, which gas producers will benefit first? My bet, the ones paying the lowest production costs. Let’s look at three examples.

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  • Insiders Have Bought These Stocks Recently

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: APA, BDBD, FCX, PLL, UPL

    Studies show that stocks bought by insiders tend to slightly outperform the overall market (read more about studies on insider trading). We think that this is because insider purchases signal that the insider is more confident in the company than usual; the benefits of diversification are high enough that they should overcome any casual desire to purchase stock. Of course, insiders aren’t always correct in their assessment, but confidence more »

  • An Insider Bought Shares of This Energy Company

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - March 7, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, DVN, SD, SWN, UPL

    Ultra Petroleum's (NYSE: UPL) Controller and vice president Garland Shaw bought 3,000 shares of the company’s stock on March 4 at an average price of $16.20, according to a filing with the SEC. Shaw now owns almost 13,000 shares of Ultra’s stock, so in percentage terms this is a significant increase. Insider purchases are generally considered to be bullish signals, since the insider already more »

  • If You Didn't Buy Before the Election, Should You Buy Now?

    By Jason Hall - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, F, UPL, WPRT

    In September, I recommended investing in a group of companies that are all tied, in one way or another, to the domestic "energy boom," specifically natural gas.  My position in the previous article was that the federal government wasn't going to take any action on legislation around natural gas production or use, specifically the Natural Gas Act, and that Congress' lack of action, and the uncertainty of that inaction more »

  • How I Sold These Stocks for a Loss, and Still Gained Almost 40%

    By Jason Hall - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMRC, AAPL, GLW, F, GTAT, UPL

    I wrote an article in November, laying out part of my strategy for the 2012 tax year.  Many investors were selling off big winners like Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) in order to "lock in" their gains, in many cases in fear of increased taxes on future capital gains.  I wrote another article in early December laying out why I thought that was a bad idea, going so far as to call more »

  • You Could See Massive Gains or You Could Lose Your Shirt: You Choose

    By Brendan Marasco - January 16, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, XOM, RRC, SWN, UPL | Editor's Choice

    A lot of money will be made and lost with the natural gas swings this winter.

    As of last Wednesday, the US natural gas price rally that started in May 2012 began to rapidly decline. Naturally, this hurt natural gas producers.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, prices fell from a peak of $3.90 per million BTUs in November to only $3.11 BTUs last Wednesday. However more »

  • Why am I Selling These Great Companies? Maybe You Should, too...

    By Jason Hall - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: AMRC, GLW, F, GTAT, UPL

    There is substantial evidence that the best way to grow your wealth is to buy and hold stocks for years and years.  Morgan Housel (re-creating charts that super-genius Nate Silver features in The Signal and The Noise) shows in this article how the secret is buying at cheap valuations, and holding for very long periods of time.  Despite this, and my claim to be a long-term investor, I've sold more »

  • 5 Stocks to Buy Before the Election

    By Jason Hall - September 25, 2012 | Tickers: CLNE, CMI, F, UPL, WPRT

    The market hates uncertainty, but smart investors can use it to their advantage.

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