Recovering global economies should boost oil and natural gas prices—although rising oil sands and shale gas production could hold back those increases. Imperial Oil’s large oil and gas reserves should last for decades. But the company also owns four refineries and operates 1,850 Esso gas stations. This diversification helps shield Imperial from volatile oil and gas prices and further cuts …read more »
ARC RESOURCES $25.52 (Toronto symbol ARX; Shares outstanding: 287.6 million; Market cap: $7.3 billion; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative; Dividend yield: 4.7%; www.arcresources.com) produces oil and gas in western Canada. Its average daily production of 85,178 barrels of oil equivalent is weighted 67% to gas and 33% to oil.
In the three months ended September 30, 2011, ARC’s cash flow per share rose …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on specific stocks and other investing topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And every Friday, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions.
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CHEVRON CORP. $100 (New York symbol CVX; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 2.0 billion; Market cap: $200.0 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.8; Dividend yield: 3.2%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.chevron.com) plans to spend $32.7 billion on capital upgrades in 2012. That’s up 25.8% from the $26.0 billion it will probably spend in 2011.
About 87% of the 2012 spending will …read more »
MART RESOURCES $0.76 (Toronto symbol MMT; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative) (403-270-1841; www.martresources.com; Shares outstanding: 340.3 million; Market cap: $258.6 million; No dividends paid) trades at a low multiple to cash flow. That reflects investor concern about unstable Nigeria.
Right now, Mart is producing oil from its 50%-held Umusadege field in southern Nigeria.
In the three months ended September 30, 2011, Mart’s revenue jumped …read more »
TRANSCANADA CORP. (Toronto symbol TRP; www.transcanada.com) has agreed to reroute its proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline around an environmentally sensitive aquifer in Nebraska’s Sandhills region.
The state government will work closely with TransCanada to find an acceptable route. That should speed up the environmental approval process for this Canadian stock’s biggest pipeline project.
Keystone XL will pump oil from the Alberta …read more »
Pat McKeough responds to many personal questions on stocks and other investment topics from the members of his Inner Circle. Every week, his comments and recommendations on a selection of the most intriguing questions of the past week go out to all Inner Circle members. And every Friday, we offer you one of the highlights from these Q&A sessions.
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DELPHI ENERGY $2.20 (Toronto symbol DEE; TSI Network Rating: Speculative) (403-265-6171; www.delphienergy.ca; Shares outstanding: 119.2 million; Market cap: $262.2 million; No dividends paid) explores for oil and natural gas in Alberta and B.C. The company is now focusing on its Bigstone, Hythe and Wapiti/Gold Creek properties in northwestern Alberta.
Gas makes up 72% of Delphi’s daily output; the remaining 28% is …read more »
New technologies are helping to unlock the vast reserves of the oil sands and shale-gas fields in North America. However, the extra production could hold back oil and natural gas prices.
That’s why we feel it’s a great time to own our favourite integrated oil producer Imperial Oil. Besides drilling for oil, Imperial also owns refineries which convert crude oil into …read more »
PENGROWTH ENERGY CORP. $10 (Toronto symbol PGF; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 330.1 million; Market cap: $3.3 billion; Price-to sales ratio: 2.4; Dividend yield: 8.4%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.pengrowth.com) produced an average of 74,568 barrels of oil equivalent per day (including natural gas) in the third quarter of 2011. That’s up 2.6% from 72,704 barrels a year earlier. …read more »