Energy has taken a hit recently, but the outlook is looking better in the coming years. There are positive signals that are improving the future of the oil and gas sector, and the energy sector has made gains recently, rising 0.6%. Furthermore, oil prices are climbing once again, and the differential between Canadian and international oil prices are falling. If you can stomach some volatility, this could be a good position to hold longer term to get a healthy return.
⚡ Energy: Oil and Natural Gas
TransCanada Corp (TRP-T)
A major energy company out of Calgary that operates infrastructure in North America.They’ve increased dividends recently. It carries lower risk as a business since 95% of their revenues are regulated or from long-term contracts. The stock could go up greatly with the approval of the Keystone project, if it were to happen.
(A Top Pick Jan 11/18, Down 0.1%) Increased dividend by 8 or 9%. Keystone is the wildcard, and explains why stock hasn't moved. Price will start to move if it gets approved. For utilities, it's all about rate-based growth and they can start to increase profitability. Yield is 5.2% with close to 10% increases.
Husky Energy (HSE-T)
One of Canada’s largest integrated energy companies. It moves with oil prices. The stock has been experiencing higher highs and lows. Recently they stepped away from taking over MEG-T which surprised many investors. They have beat their earnings, and have an excellent balance sheet. For an energy stock, this is very defensive.
Breaking News The unsolicited offer has been given an exemption by the ASC that avoids having to provide identical consideration to all securities holders. This means MEG will plan to waive its shareholder rights plan, but still plans to reject the offer the Husky. He feels this is an unusual decision by the ASC and…
Imperial Oil (IMO-T)
Canada’s second-biggest integrated oil company. They are financially strong, and it could be a good time to get in, as their valuation has been reaching historic lows. Fundamentally, the company is very good, but concerns over the sector have beaten it down, making for an attractive buying opportunity.
Exxon owns 69% of this. There have been some recent project cost overruns. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with this company. Pipeline issues may be influencing investor sentiment on how their production is going to get to market. At these levels he is looking at it harder.
Suncor Energy Inc (SU-T)
A company that specializes in production of synthetic crude from oil sands. They have a lot of growth potentially and are a low cost operator. They’ve been generating a lot of free cash flow. A premiere holding in Canadian energy.
There are higher oil prices, but oil stocks are hitting lows. This is a tremendous disconnected. Seasonlity is in the first half of the year, the run-up to summer driving when the oil price peaks. This year, we're not seeing the typical rally in SU-T. The tone is pessimistic, but there is a great buying…
Cenovus Energy (CVE-T)
An integrated oil company. They’re moving more oil by rail and the price is good. They have good exposure to WCS differentials, and the new CEO is repositioning the company. A good choice for those looking to get exposure in a large cap Canadian stock.
(A Top Pick Jan 18/18, Down 12%) It rallied on a bad report. He sold this pick in the summer and is now short on it. They have not delivered on the balance sheet enough and there is still not positive cash flow. It is a small short for him.
Gibson Energy (GEI-T)
A supplier to the oil and gas industry. They are more of a pipeline company, with a refocusing on infrastructure. If oil continues to rise, this company will go up with it.
Encana Corp (ECA-T)
A producer, transporter and marketer for natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids. They represent the entire Canadian energy patch. They bought a U.S. company last year and a combination of successfully integrating this company, and a rise in oil prices will push this stock up. They are experiencing strong volume now.
High trade volume? She does not hold any energy producers at all right now, due to the takeaway issues and low commodity prices. Their $5 billion acquisition of Newfield turned the market off. The apathy in the market is not attractive to her as an investor.
Tourmaline Oil Corp (TOU-T)
An independent natural gas producer. They are considering adding to their dividends or to buy back stocks, as they look forward to having more cash flow. Their balance sheet is good, and they have good managers. They are moving more liquid natural gas and building facilities.
(A Top Pick Mar 08/18, Down 8%) One of the biggest gas producers in Canada. He is surprised it has been as stable as it has. It has done a good job with hedging and market diversification. Still a core holding.
Canadian Natural Rsrcs (CNQ-T)
An oil and gas exploration, development and production company. They have great cash flow and they are expected to increase dividends next week. They are a flexible company that is well managed. They’v been focusing their operations on upgrading and refining oil in the last few years.
He likes both SU-T and CNQ-T and has made it a Top Pick in the past. Both these stocks continue to be good to hold. SU-T will continue to be a core holding for him as he likes both their upstream and downstream assets.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK-N)
An American petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company. They’re shares rose by 10% yesterday as the company beat profits as they move towards oil and away from gas. They recently acquired another company and are expected to produce more crude oil in 2019.
If you own, you could try to sell some Calls. He would personally sell “out of the money” as he is bullish on oil stocks. He would like to own them long-term. Instead of buying the stock, you could have bought a long-term “in the money” Call to replace the stock. This would be more…
Continental Resources (CLR-N)
A U.S. shale producer. They expect oilfield service costs to remain low due to weaker oil prices, but if you are bull-is on oil, this could be a good contrarian play. Their shale field output hit a record during third quarter 2018, and are expected to continue rise as they complete more wells.
Cabot Oil & Gas (COG-N)
An independent oil and gas company engaged in development, exploitation and exploration. Their natural gas pipeline in the states has been given another chance with approval from the courts. They’ announced a quarterly profit helped by natural gas prices and increased production.
Sitting on 25 years of drilling inventory in the Marsalis shale play. This is a play that in the past 4 years has grown from a very low production base to a current production of 13,000,000,000 ft.³ a day, which is equivalent to all of Canada. This is a reason longer-term that he is a…
Chevron Texaco (CVX-N)
They manage subsidiaries that engage in integrated energy and chemicals operations. They’ve been matching estimates in the recent quarters and are in the middle of receiving bids for assets in the British North Sea.
He is a big believer in this. Thinks the dividend is sustainable. They have earned 10%, 12%, 8% consistently over time in that range. He thinks a lower return is priced into the stock right now. The lower return they are earning at the moment should rebound in the long run. Feels the dividend is…
EOG Resources Inc (EOG-N)
A petroleum and natural gas exploration company. They are expecting to see a fourth quarter profit boost from oil and gas hedging. They are a shale oil producer that has weathered well the oil price drop. They topped profit estimates last year.
Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI-N)
The largest energy infrastructure company in North America. Strong performance in its pipeline and terminal business helped their profits surge last quarter. They’re also working on building ports in Texas, as US oil export booms.
Largest pipeline operator in the US. He likes it in general. He is worried that they are only interested in growing the size of the company. He prefers others.
Noble Energy Inc. (NBL-N)
An independent energy company in crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. They’ve lowered their capital expense in response to a drop in crude oil prices and are aiming to return over $500 million to shareholders by 2020.
A good Short? This is in the service side of the business. Global consumption of crude and natural gas is going to continue to expand regardless of whether we have a mild recession or not. Don't get overly bearish.
Southwestern Energy (SWN-N)
An energy company in natural gas and oil exploration, development and production. They sold their Fayetteville shale asset last year in a deal valued at about $1.87B.
Very bullish outlook on gas and this will give you great exposure to gas. Well run and a tremendous track record in production growth and reserve growth. Both shale gas and conventional gas exposure. Potential take-out candidate.
Exxon Mobil (XOM-N)
An American multinational oil and gas corporation. They recently found another giant gas reservoir in Cyprus. Their reserves are up 23% from US shale. They’vealso outperformed estimates for Q4.
(A Top Pick May 19/16. Down 7.16%.) Sold this earlier this year. Expects we will be range bound in WTI for the rest of the year. This one is okay, but at this stage, it may not have the leverage if oil prices move up.