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People often think investment diversification performs magic—invoke it, and it will prevent portfolio losses. Unfortunately, diversification has more limits than you realize. Even worse, since diversification typically comes at a cost, you can easily waste money by using it when it does not work.

When Bond Diversification Is A Waste

Bonds prices are typically less volatile than equities, so they can protect portfolios against major equity declines. But bonds also provide a lower investment return. If investors don’t need the price stability bonds provide, they can be a waste of money. So how can you tell whether or not investing in bonds will be useful?

You need to know that bond diversification is not the only way to avoid losses on equity investments during market downturns. Longer equity holding periods, for example, allow you to balance major market declines against subsequent gains. As long as you remain invested, time itself smooths out market losses and also allows you to earn more with equities.

stock market guide: Washington Federal, Inc.(WAFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS). Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

stock market guide: Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.(DNKN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Keurigs plight (actually, JABs) is worsening, with the K-cup market slowing to almost no growth now, and Keurig continuing to lose own brands share. Starbucks (SBUX) echoed the notion of a K-cup market slowdown at its seminar on Wednesday (and is guiding for its [consumer packaged goods, or CPG,] growth below recent trends), but it expects to increase its share of total CPG coffee to 20% from 15%. Come early February it will be a year since the closing of the Keurig deal for JAB Holdings. The pressure on JAB is more significant if we take into account the high leverage of the deal (JAB contributed one fourth of the $12Bn price tag). It is a tough predicament. On the one hand we argue that to make that deal work, they need to buy more (own) brands either from the retail channel (that can be extended to CPG: Dunkin (DNKN)? Panera (PNRA)?), or outright buy CPG brands (like the entire Kraft Heinz portfolio, and or Tata Groups Eight OClock brand). But can/h ow do they fund these deals? Maybe Mars and Warren Buffett (Mars is involved in office coffee with Starbucks), private equity, and or 3G can help? While this note is not about Positive-rated Mondelez, we have mentioned before a scenario where Kraft Heinz buys Mondelez and partly funds the deal by selling its own CPG coffee business (~$3Bn we say) to JAB as well as divests the Mondelez 20% plus stakes in Keurig (North America) and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (Western Europe), which together at this stage are worth ~$7-8Bn. But, yes, JAB will need deep-pocket partners and generous lenders. Net, JAB needs to do something soon.

  • [By John Udovich]

    While theMacys Thanksgiving Day parade sponsored by Macy’s, Inc (NYSE:M) is the most well known corporate sponsoredThanksgiving parade,Dunkin Brands Group Inc (NASDAQ:DNKN) and McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) also sponsor parades in major USA cities that will help them grab some extra consumer attention and perhaps help the bottom line a bit.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dunkin’ Brands Group (DNKN) has dropped 3.5% to $54.16 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs.

    Morgan Stanley (MS) has risen 1.1% to $42.95 after getting upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.

stock market guide: Rockwell Collins, Inc.(COL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related TRST Earnings Scheduled For October 21, 2016 Major Accounting Changes Are Coming To The Financial Industry Related MORN One Of The World's Most Powerful Women, Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy, To Tell Her Story At The Benzinga Global Fintech Awards The 2017 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Will Include An 'Unprecedented Group' Of Judges Morningstar Packs Conference Lineup For Financial Advisors (Investor’s Business Daily) Companies Reporting Before The Bell Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.31 per share on revenue of $1.33 billion. General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.17 per share on revenue of $26.46 billion. Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.60 per share on revenue of $9.32 billion. Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.03 per share on revenue of $1.76 billion. Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.26 per share on revenue of $7.02 billion. SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.83 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion. ManpowerGroup Inc. (NYSE: MAN) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.11 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion. Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.15 per share on revenue of $593.82 million. Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.19 per share on revenue of $2.74 billion. WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.44 per share on revenue of $721.89 million.
  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    Honorable Mention: Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) with a $122 price target.

    Technology, Media And Telecom

    Within the crowded technology, media and telecommunication group, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is a top pick given its prospects for continued growth in mobile search and YouTube. Beyond these two segments, the analysts also see continued momentum in Alphabet’s core Google operations.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Rockwell Collins (COL) has fallen 2.6% to $68.21 after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.

    General Electric (GE) has gained 1% to $24.25 after signing a bunch of deals and getting a positive mention from my colleague Jack Hough in this weekend’s Barron’s.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    The biggest aerospace deal in history was announced Monday, as United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) agreed to acquire aviation parts manufacturer Rockwell Collins Inc. (NYSE: COL) for $23 billion.

stock market guide: STORE Capital Corporation(STOR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jason Hall, Brian Stoffel, and Brian Feroldi]

    With that idea in mind, we asked three of our top contributors to write about a stock they see as being a bargain today, and they gave us mortgage industry software lynchpinEllie Mae Inc(NYSE:ELLI), real estate holding companyStore Capital Corp(NYSE:STOR), and steelmaker extraordinaireNucor Corporation(NYSE:NUE).

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Mid capretail REIT Store Capital Corp (NYSE: STOR) has just announced that Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A; NYSE: BRK.B) has invested $377 million in the company representing 9.8% of total shares outstanding. In the transaction, Store Capital Corp issued 18.6 million shares of company stock in a private placement to a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway at a price of $20.25 per share. Sharesclosed Mondayup $2.34 or 11.27% to $23.11.The CEO Christopher Volk stated:

stock market guide: Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-B)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew Argersinger]

    My take: With none other than Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) also investing in airlines and singing their praises as of late, Gerstner stuck the landing with his United pitch. There’s a definite case to be made that industry conditions have changed for the better, much like they did for the railroads starting more than a decade ago. United may not be the best of the bunch, but you’d do well to take a very close look at the industry. If Gerstner is right, there are multi-bagger opportunities looking down at you from up above.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for his part, has added fuel to Apple's recent rally by increasing his stake in the company in a big way. The 13D filing done by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B) following the end of the fourth quarter of 2016 showed that it had nearly quadrupled its position in Apple.

  • [By John Maxfield]

    Stocks are up across the board since the presidential election, boosting the value of Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) stock portfolio, but few stocks have rallied as much as Bank of America (NYSE:BAC).

  • [By Daniel Sparks]

    With the stock trading so much higher recently, is it still a buy? This is a good question, particularly following legendary investor Warren Buffett’s recent move to load up on Apple, making it Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-B) (NYSE:BRK-A) second-largest equity holding.

  • [By Matthew Frankel]

    I won’t keep you in suspense — Warren Buffett-led Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B) owns 400,000,000 shares of Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), worth a total of $16.7 billion as of this writing. This translates to a 9.4% stake in the beverage giant, and makes Coca-Cola Buffett’s third-largest stock investment.

  • [By Demitrios Kalogeropoulos]

    The next few trading days include highly anticipated earnings reports from some of the biggest names in their respective industries, including Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) (NYSE:BRK-B), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), and Priceline (NASDAQ:PCLN).

stock market guide: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018

There were 8, yes, 8, completed initial public offerings (IPOs) last week, and every one of them posted a first-day pop and all finished the week with a positive return. Five more IPOs are on the calendar for this week, including a technology unicorn, a healthcare REIT, two healthcare offerings, and a networking company.

Last week’s largest capital raise was Valvoline Inc.’s (NYSE: VVV) $660 million spin-off from Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH). The motor oil and lubricant company’s market cap at the time of the IPO was $4.4 billion, and shares gained 5% at the end of the first day’s trading.

The biggest first-day pop for the week was posted by The Trade Desk Inc. (NASDAQ: TTD), a programmatic platform for digital advertising, that priced above its expected range and still jumped 67% on its first day out.

Late-stage biotech Novan Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVN) priced at the low end of its range, got a 65% first-day pop, and closed the week up 83%.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Talisman Energy Inc.(TLM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    On the other hand, the analysts are Underweight on Eni SpA (ADR) (NYSE: E), Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc (USA) (NYSE: TLM) and OMV AG given their asset bases, which offer an inferior risk to reward profile and limited differentiation in cost reductions.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and Jack Mohr think Apache’s (APA) management has positioned the company for growth through both innovation and efficiency. Read what they are telling their investment club members with a free subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team are detailing their outlook for portfolio energy names Apache (APA) and Cimarex (XEC) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team say news and caution are weighing on energy and health-care sectors. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Apache (APA) , Cimarex (XEC) , Arconic (ARNC) and Allergan (AGN) with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Dier-Scalise]

    Among the brands being sold were Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) and Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), which both paid out dividends in December. The financial and oil sectors also experienced a sell-off to finish 2016. Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) were net sold as each reached new year-to-date highs and investors unloaded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) as their prices normalized with the rise in the price of oil.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Big Oil stocks are the seven “oil supermajors” that do everything from oil drilling to refining to retail sales. This is a list of the Big Oil companies:

    Big Oil CompanyShare PriceYTDMarket CapExxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM)$83.44-7.58%$353.13BChevron Co. (NYSE: CVX)$113.56-3.5%$217.62BConocoPhillips Co. (NYSE: COP)$48.21-3.78%$61.42BRoyal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A)$52.35-3.82%$221.08BBP Plc. (NYSE ADR: BP)$34.12-8.71%$112.69BTotal SA (NYSE: TOT)$50.26-1.35%$124.6BEni SpA (NYSE: E)$31.51-2.3%$58.69B

    Despite being huge global oil companies, shares of Big Oil stocks are all in the red this year. Those losses have all happened even as the Dow is smashing record highs and trading up 6.4% year to date.

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Last year was brutal for hedge fund investors — but you wouldn’t know it from the fund managers’ paychecks: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA The MBA’s index of mortgage application activity for the latest week is schedule for release at 7:00 a.m. ET. The Energy Information Administration’s weekly report on petroleum inventories in the U.S. will be released at 10:30 a.m. ET. ANALYST RATINGS Jefferies Upgraded ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) from Hold to Buy JPMorgan Upgraded Clovis Oncology (NASDAQ: CLVS) From Neutral to Overweight Morgan Stanley Upgrades TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) From Equal-Weight to Overweight Macquarie Downgraded Disney (NYSE: DIS) from Outperform to Neutral Deutsche Bank Downgraded AvalonBay (NYSE: AVB) from Buy to Hold Wells Fargo Downgrades Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) From Outperform To Market Perform

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 6.3% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $8.68 after closing Tuesday at $9.26. The 52-week high is $6.96. Volume rose to about 50% more than the daily average of about 12 million shares. The company had no specific news, but consolidation in the offshore drilling business is not a positive for Transocean or any other driller still standing by itself.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    On Mar. 2, Transocean (RIG), just seven days after reporting earnings, announced that it would delay filing its 10-K. the timing, particularly for use at Barron’s, wasn’t great, as we had just recommended the stock in the magazine. Still Transocean’s shares weathered the news–it fell only 1.1% on that day–and now the 10-K has been filed. What does it show? RBC’sKurt Hallead andMatthew McKellar explain:

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    RIG has filed its 10-K, which contains details and adjustments related to its previously disclosed tax accounting issues. Certain adjustments for immaterial errors related to accounting for operating items and items such as depreciation, interest income, and loss on impairment and disposal of assets have also been made.

    Adjustments to FY15 have increased income from continuing operations by $71mn, and net income attributable to controlling interest by $74mn. For FY15, adjustments have decreased loss from continuing operations by $66mn and decreased net loss attributable to controlling interest by $74mn.

    Shares of Transocean have dropped 2.1% to $12.78 at 2:33 p.m. today.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) dropped about 5.4% Wednesday to post a new 52-week low of $7.48 after closing at $7.91 on Tuesday. The stock’s 52-week high is $16.66. Volume of more than 20 million was about a third higher than the daily average of about 16 million. The company announced Tuesday that it had agreed to buy Norwegian firm Songa Offshore for $3.4 billion, including $2.3 billion in Songa’s debt. Investors don’t like the deal.

  • [By Jason Hall]

    April was another bad month for offshore drilling stocks. Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG), ENSCO Plc. (NYSE:ESV), Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (NYSE:DO), Atwood Oceanic Inc.(NYSE:ATW), and Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) all held up relatively well through the first third of the month, but then start to fall around April 10.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    Transocean (RIG) is rising Thursday afternoon, thanks to an upbeat fourth quarter.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    The oilfield services company said it earned 63 cents a share (a figure that excludes $13 million in net unfavorable items), well ahead of the nickel a share in earnings analysts expected. Revenue fell 47.4% year over year to $974 million, also above the $806 million consensus estimate. Transocean said its contract backlog was $11.3 billion as of its February fleet status report. Raymond Jamess Praveen Narra and J. Marshall Adkins reiterated an Underperform rating on the stock following the report. They praised the companys ongoing cost controls and strong revenue efficiency, which they expect to continue. But still arent ready to recommend the stock amid a difficult macro backdrop. More detail from their note:

    Transocean continued to minimize costs and maximize efficiency amid a challenging offshore environment, reporting 4Q16 adjusted EBITDA of $414 million, higher than our estimate of $363 million and consensus of $394 million. The beat was driven by lower than expected costs of $344 million (adjusting for favorable litigation), which came in ~12% lower than our estimate of $385 million and guidance of guidance of $375-385 million. Total revenue efficiency came in at 100.3%, as it was boosted by bonus incentives and possibly effective results from the new contracting model, particularly in the high-spec jackup market. The beat to our estimates was also driven by higher than anticipated revenues, which came in at $805 million, above our estimate of $788 million, but below the consensus estimate of $812 million. We note, our adjusted revenue excludes $169 million in early termination fees during the quarter.

    The shares are up 6.6% to $14.16 in recent trading, although theyre down 4% year to date.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) was last seen trading up 17.1% at $12.91. Its volume of more than 42 million shares equated to right at 3 times normal volume. Transocean has a consensus analyst price target of $9.72 and a 52-week trading range of $7.67 to $14.50. The company has a total market cap of $4.7 billion.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: ONEOK Partners L.P.(OKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team view the strength of corporations as most important in proving that stocks can handle current valuations. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Arconic (ARNC) , Apple (AAPL) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Get a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ways to make money with oil. Cramer said that the biggest winners from the Trump trade are the oil pipelines and MLPs, like Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. Cramer said deregulation will mean all of the pipeline companies will be able to make more money, and faster, than anyone expected.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My more conservative income recommendation from a year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), rose by 13% while yielding over 4%.

    Following last year’s excellent results, Magellan Midstream remains my Top Pick for income investors for the coming year.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) is a $17.56 billion company that transports and distributes petroleum. MMP is shaping up to be one of the best 2017 oil stocks.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) dropped about 12.8% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $17.71 after closing at $20.30 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $43.60. Volume was nearly 20 million, nearly 4 times the daily average. The natural gas producer missed estimates this morning and revised its growth projections downward. It was one of several energy companies that took some price target cuts from analysts.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) is rated Buy with a lowered price target of $43. The 2017 EPS estimate has been lowered from $0.85 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate waslowered from $1.60 to $1.52. Shares closed at $27.34 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $27.07 to $46.96, and the consensus price target is $46.42. Range Resources is a Jefferies Franchise Pick.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SL B), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Halliburton (HAL) : “I liked Halliburton’s analyst day, but I think Schlumberger (SLB) is even better.”

    Noble Energy (NBL) : “Noble’s good. It’s a very well-run, conservative company. It should do well in this environment.”

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Monday.

    Halliburton posted adjusted earnings of $0.04 per share in the quarter on revenue of $4.28 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.03 per share on revenue of $4.26 billion.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How strong is the earnings recovery? Of the 18 stocks that reported this morning, 13 beat forecasts, including Halliburton (HAL), and Hasbro (HAS). BofA Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian and team note that for the first time since 2012, analysts are raising their earnings forecasts as earnings season progresses:

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Trump is particularly enthusiastic about shale oil & gas and clean coal, which is good news for stocks such as Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK), Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) and CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX).

  • [By Wayne Duggan]

    Instead, Genargo prefers oil services stocks with the most exposure to the U.S market. Loop names Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) as its top large-cap stock pick and Oil States International, Inc. (NYSE: OIS), Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE: NR) and Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN) as its top small- and mid-cap stocks.

Top 10 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) shares were up a whopping 209.9% at $18.08 on Wednesday, and the 70.5 million shares at the close was almost 5 times normal trading volume. Marathon Oil has a consensus analyst price target of $18.12 and a 52-week trading range of $6.52 to $18.55. The company has a total market cap of $15 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after oil tumbled after data pointed to higher inventories of crude.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Marathon Oildropped 8.7% to $14.87, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,362.98, as Front Month Nymex Crude futures for April delivery slid 5.4% to $50.28., leading some to wonder if the price oil could drop below $50 a barrel.

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

    The oil rout began after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil inventories rose by 8.2 million barrels to reach $518.4 million, a record level.

    Marathon Oil’s market capitalization fell to $12.6 billion today from $13.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.1 billion on sales of $4.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) which traded down 8.7% at $14.86. The stocks 52-week range is $9.65 to $19.28. Volume was about 108% of the daily average of around 11.32 million shares. The company had no specific news but was continuing to drop from falling crude prices.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018

Today we are going to compare the two largest U.S. integrated oil companies: Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) and Chevron (NYSE:CVX). Both companies have global production profiles, significant lower-48 shale assets, as well as midstream and downstream operations in chemicals and refining. Both companies also have significant LNG operations.

The following chart compares some relevant valuation metrics of the two companies as of Q3 2016:

Exxon Vs. Chevron – Relative Metrics

Exxon Chevron Current Share Price $88.41 $116.51 Current Market Cap. $361.1 Billion $219.0 Billion Debt $46.2 Billion $45.6 Billion Cash $5.1 Billion $7.4 Billion Net Debt $41.1 Billion $38.2 Billion Net Debt-to-Mkt Cap 11% 17% Net Debt/share $9.84/share $20.29/share Q3 Production 3.8 Million boe/d 2.5 Million boe/d Q3 % Liquids 58% 67% Dividend (Yield) $3.00 (3.4%) $4.32 (3.7%) Shares Outstanding 4.178 Billion 1.883 Billion Proved Reserves (% Gas) 24.8 B boe (41%) 11 .2 B boe (44%) Proved Reserves/share 5.9 boe/share 5.9 boe/share YTD Total Revenue $165.1 Billion $80.1 Billion

YTD Upstream Earnings

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Williams Partners L.P.(WPZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    In a release after the close on Monday, Williams and Williams Partners (WPZ) made several announcements, including: 1) outlining managements plan to financially reposition and simplify the franchises GP/LP structure in an ~$11.4 billion transaction (not subject to any additional approvals), 2) adjustments to Williams and Williams Partners’ dividend and distribution payouts, 3) initiating a ~$2+ billion William equity raise to fund a further Williams investment in Williams Partners, 4) noted other potential upcoming changes, including the sale of ~$2 billion in non-core assets in 2017, and 5) provided several forms of updated 2017 guidance…

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) is a $17.56 billion company that transports and distributes petroleum. MMP is shaping up to be one of the best 2017 oil stocks.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team view the strength of corporations as most important in proving that stocks can handle current valuations. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Arconic (ARNC) , Apple (AAPL) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Get a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My more conservative income recommendation from a year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), rose by 13% while yielding over 4%.

    Following last year’s excellent results, Magellan Midstream remains my Top Pick for income investors for the coming year.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Transocean Inc.(RIG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market lost ground on Monday, sending major market benchmarks lower by more than half a percentage point. The Dow lost its grip on the 20,000 mark in the wake of concerns about economic growth and new U.S. immigration policy, and some believe that the broader geopolitical climate could have a negative impact on global commerce that in turn could start affecting multinational corporations’ business prospects. In addition, bad news from some individual companies weighed on the markets, and Transocean (NYSE:RIG), Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD), and New Gold (NYSEMKT:NGD) 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 Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Thursday was Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) which traded down over 7% at $9.68. The stocks 52-week range is $8.68 to $16.66. Volume was about 19 million versus the daily average of 12.1 million shares.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Transocean (RIG)tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today as the entire energy sector got crushed on fears that production would start to grow.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Transocean dropped 7% to $13.85 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.6% to2,280.90. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) dropped 1.9% to$72.85. The price of oil fell 1% to$52.63 a barrel.

    Yes, oil stayed above $50 a barrel, but in a note published this morning, Cornerstone Macro’s Carter Worth warned that a “stuck” oil price could be as damaging as a dropping one:

    Then, of course, theres the inconvenient fact that WTI Crude Oil itself is hopelessly stuck in the low $50 a
    barrel range a level at which it was trading in June of last year. Essentially seven months without any forward progress is the bottom line.

    Transocean’s market capitalization fell to $5.4 billion today from $5.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $782 million on sales of $7.4 billion in 2015.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) has always been a gamble ever since commodity prices collapsed. I thought the stock was a good bet when it was in the $1-2 range, given the perceived risk of imminent bankruptcy (read “Chesapeake Going Bankrupt?”). To emphasize how wrong everyone was, I quote a Barclays analyst who said at the time: “We are trimming our target multiple to maintain our $1 price target.”

A lot has changed over the past year. The management improved the capital structure through asset sales and debt swaps, and the company enjoyed a nice macro tailwind as energy prices climbed back from historical lows. Despite these improvements, however, I still don’t think Chesapeake is a good buy.

I contrasted the notion of investing in Chesapeake and playing roulette in my previous article, and you are probably wondering, now that the stock has fallen 8% over the past month, do the odds make sense now? My answer would be “no.”

Management Optimism Creates D ownside

Sometimes it pays to be pessimistic. When your company is still highly leveraged, you don’t want to make plans based on how great everything could be. Unfortunately, when energy prices traded higher earlier in the year, Chesapeake’s management was caught up in all the craziness and promoted the company using very optimistic price decks. However, even though oil (USO) is below $50/bbl today, the management is still using the same assumptions when presenting. The follow tiny footnote can be found on page 5 of the Q1 earnings presentation.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: ONEOK Partners L.P.(OKS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Garrett Cook]

    Citi maintains Buy ratings on Targa Resources (NYSE: TRGP), ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Oneok Partners (NYSE: OKS) citing the companies stories around natural gas liquids (NGLs).

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Energy infrastructure companies ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) and TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) are both emerging from the energy market downturn as stronger entities. Each made smart acquisitions, with TransCanada buying U.S. gas pipeline company Columbia Pipeline Group, while ONEOK is in the process of gobbling up its MLP,ONEOK Partners (NYSE:OKS). While these deals enhanced the growth profiles of both companies, TransCanada still stands out as the better buy for long-term income investors. Here’s why.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.(MMP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any ways to make money with oil. Cramer said that the biggest winners from the Trump trade are the oil pipelines and MLPs, like Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , an Action Alerts PLUS holding. Cramer said deregulation will mean all of the pipeline companies will be able to make more money, and faster, than anyone expected.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    For perspective, two of the highest rated MLPs by credit rating agencies are Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD). Recently, their leverage ratios were 3.5 times and 4.4 times, respectively. While both Magellan Midstream and Enterprise Products have seen their leverage ratios creep higher in recent quarters due to the oil market downturn and growth spending, neither is a concern.

  • [By WWW.MONEYSHOW.COM]

    My more conservative income recommendation from a year ago, Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP), rose by 13% while yielding over 4%.

    Following last year’s excellent results, Magellan Midstream remains my Top Pick for income investors for the coming year.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team view the strength of corporations as most important in proving that stocks can handle current valuations. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Arconic (ARNC) , Apple (AAPL) and Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) . Get a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) is a $17.56 billion company that transports and distributes petroleum. MMP is shaping up to be one of the best 2017 oil stocks.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Treehouse Foods (THS) , TG Therapeutics (TGTX) , Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Magellan Midstream Partners (MMP) , Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Arconic (ARNC) .

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Apache Corporation(APA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team say news and caution are weighing on energy and health-care sectors. Find out what they’re telling their investment club members about Apache (APA) , Cimarex (XEC) , Arconic (ARNC) and Allergan (AGN) with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the Action Alerts PLUS team say they still believe in their embattled Permian names, Cimarex (XEC) and Apache (APA) , both of which have benefited from a slow rotation in recent weeks. These names can produce and profit here. Schlumberger (SLB) remains best in class and Magellan Midstream Partners just might be the best way to play oil given that the pipelines will be needed to transport the new wave of oil able to be drawn out of the ground from increasingly efficient American producers. Get in on the discussion by getting a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and the AAP team are detailing their outlook for portfolio energy names Apache (APA) and Cimarex (XEC) . Find out what they’re telling their investment club members with a free trial subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer and Jack Mohr think Apache’s (APA) management has positioned the company for growth through both innovation and efficiency. Read what they are telling their investment club members with a free subscription to Action Alerts PLUS.

Top 5 Oil Stocks To Invest In 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Range Resources (RRC) was upgraded to outperform at BMO. $44 price target The valuation is more attractive, as business fundamentals are improving, BMO said. 

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) dropped about 12.8% Wednesday to register a new 52-week low of $17.71 after closing at $20.30 on Tuesday. The 52-week high is $43.60. Volume was nearly 20 million, nearly 4 times the daily average. The natural gas producer missed estimates this morning and revised its growth projections downward. It was one of several energy companies that took some price target cuts from analysts.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018

U.S. equities climbed higher on Friday as Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. This marked the best Inauguration Day performance for a president since President Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration in 1985.

In the end, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5%, the S&P 500 gained 0.3%, the Nasdaq Composite wafted up 0.3% and the Russell 2000 finished the day out with a 0.5% gain. Treasury bonds were mixed, the dollar was weaker, gold gained 0.3% and crude oil rallied rising 2.1%.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Range Resources Corporation(RRC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Talk about a Barron’s bounce!Range Resources (RRC) has soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barron’s touted it in the pages of the magazine this weekend.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Range Resources gained 4.1% to $28.47, while the S&P 500 slipped 0.3% to2,375.31.

    Barron’s Andrew Bary called Range Resources “an unappreciated energy play.” He explains why:

    With major market indexes at record highs, natural-gas stocks are among the few depressed industry groups. Blame a warm winter and weakening gas prices.

    Range Resources (ticker: RRC), a leading U.S. gas producer, looks undervalued. Its shares, at $27, are down 20% this year and are much below their 52-week high of $47, set last June. Range drilled the first well in the now-prolific Marcellus region of Pennsylvania more than a decade ago and amassed one of its largest land positions there610,000 acres. Its $4.2 billion purchase of Memorial Resource Development last September gave it access to what the company views as a prolific and underappreciated gas region: northern Louisiana

    Range Resources’ market capitalization rose to $7 billion today from $6.8 billion on Friday. It reported net income of $521 million on sales of $1.4 billion in 2016.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage loss ahead of the close Wednesday was Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) which traded downabout 12% at $17.90. The stocks 52-week range is $17.68 to $43.60. Volume was about 25 million versus the daily average of 5.6 million shares.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    According to a report by PLS, producers spent more than $23 billion locking up prime positions in the Permian Basin and another $7 billion on Mid-Continent acreage acquisitions. However, most of those were smaller deals, with the top transaction weighing in at $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, the Ark-La-Tex region near the Gulf Coast quietly tied for the second hottest M&A geography in the country, largely because of Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) acquisition of Memorial Resource Development. Range Resources paid $4.2 billion, which includes the assumption of debt, to gain a leading position in the Lower Cotton Valley region of Northern Louisiana. Not only is the play saturated with natural gas, but it’s also near the Gulf Coast, which is expected to see increased demand from new petrochemical and industrial complexes as well as LNG export facilities. In other words, Range Resources made a big bet on higher gas prices along the Gulf Coast.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Range Resources Corp. (NYSE: RRC) is rated Buy with a lowered price target of $43. The 2017 EPS estimate has been lowered from $0.85 to $0.68, and the 2018 estimate waslowered from $1.60 to $1.52. Shares closed at $27.34 on Friday, in a 52-week range of $27.07 to $46.96, and the consensus price target is $46.42. Range Resources is a Jefferies Franchise Pick.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after oil tumbled after data pointed to higher inventories of crude.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    Marathon Oildropped 8.7% to $14.87, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,362.98, as Front Month Nymex Crude futures for April delivery slid 5.4% to $50.28., leading some to wonder if the price oil could drop below $50 a barrel.

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

    The oil rout began after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil inventories rose by 8.2 million barrels to reach $518.4 million, a record level.

    Marathon Oil’s market capitalization fell to $12.6 billion today from $13.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.1 billion on sales of $4.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Best Oil Stocks To Own For 2018: ConocoPhillips(COP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo, Tyler Crowe, and Jason Hall]

    Oil prices haven’t gotten off to the fast start many expected, falling around 6% on average during the first quarter of the year. That slump came despite OPEC’s best efforts since producing nations have achieved fairly good compliance on their planned output cuts. That said, despite the lackluster oil market, we still see some interestingopportunities in the oil market. Three stocks we really like right now are DistributionNOW(NYSE:DNOW),Phillips 66(NYSE:PSX), andConocoPhillips(NYSE:COP), which all should do well in the current oil market.

  • [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 Dustin Parrett]

    Specifically, the oil supermajors are ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), BP Plc. (NYSE: BP), Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX), Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RDS.A), Conoco Phillips (NYSE: COP), Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E), and Total SA (NYSE ADR: TOT).