Oil

  • 04 Jun
    This Oil Pipeline Stock is ready for a BIG upside move

    This Oil Pipeline Stock is ready for a BIG upside move

    One of the most interesting developments of the past week that a lot of investors probably didn’t pay a lot of attention to is the widening spread between U.S. (WTI) and Middle Eastern (Brent) crude oil. WTI, short for West Texas Intermediate, typically trades at a discount of a few dollars per barrel compared to Brent crude, but over the last week that spread has increased to a little over $11 per barrel. The last time that kind of spread happened was 2015, and prior to that it was 2011. The rarity of such a discrepancy is a big part of what opens up an opportunity for investors who are paying attention.

    I think a lot of stock investors miss these kinds of anomalies is because of the fact that it reflects most directly on the commodities themselves. Unless you are actively involved in trading commodities futures, you might not think too much about the price of a barrel of oil except in relation to how its impacts the price you pay at the pump for gasoline. So how does this translate to something a stock investor can use to guide an investment decision?



    A wider-than-normal spread between these two competing commodities can be caused by a lot of different things, but it usually implies some kind of negative pressure on U.S. producers. I this particular case, the spread appears to be a reflection of the reality that U.S. producers have been increasing production consistently for quite some time now, to the point that U.S. transport infrastructure – pipelines and storage facilities, in particular – to handle the supply is almost uniformly already running at full capacity. That means that producers can either scale back production, or find other transportation methods, such as truck and railroad transport, which are more expensive than pipelines. Either way, the pressure is on producers, while pipeline and storage companies are working as hard as they can to bring new capacity online.

    The problem is that new pipelines and storage facilities take time to build and get up and running. An increasing number of experts think that the current capacity limitations will persist through 2019, which means that U.S. crude prices could see limited upside potential on that commodity for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, pipeline and transportation companies are in a advantageous position, since they can charge a higher premium to those producers. Oil refiners are also in a good spot, since the bigger spread means that they can buy U.S. crude at a deeper discount, which naturally improves their profitability potential.



    There are a number of stocks that could be in prime position to see great upside due to the factors I’ve just outlined, but the stock I’m highlighting today, EPD is one that also has a good fundamental and technical basis that bolsters that forecast even more. Let’s take a look.

    Fundamental and Value Profile

    Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) is a provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products in North America. The Company’s segments include NGL Pipelines & Services; Crude Oil Pipelines & Services; Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The Company’s midstream energy operations include natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage, and import and export terminals, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals, and related services, and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems. EPD has a current market cap of $63.8 billion.

    • Earnings and Sales Growth: Over the last twelve months, earnings grew by a little more than 8%, while sales grew more than 27%.
    • Free Cash Flow: Over the last twelve months, Free Cash Flow has declined modestly, but remains solid at about $1.4 billion as of the company’s most recent earnings statement.
    • Debt to Equity: the company’s debt increased by about 10% over the last year, but is manageable, as their operating profits are more than sufficient to service their debt.
    • Dividend: EPD pays an annual dividend of $1.71 per share, which translates to an annual yield of more than 5% at the stock’s current price.
    • Price/Book Ratio: there are a lot of ways to measure how much a stock should be worth; but one of the simplest methods uses the stock’s Book Value, which for EPD is $10.63 per share. At the stock’s current price, that translates to a Price/Book Ratio of 2.76. The stock’s historical Price/Book Ratio is 3.4, which is 23% above its current level. If the stock rallied to par with that historical average, its price would be $36 per share, a level the stock last saw late in 2014.



    Technical Profile

    EPD has been hovering in a relatively narrow range for most of the past two years, but I think the economic factors I’ve already outlined could act as a catalyst to drive the stock out of that pattern. Here’s a look at the stock’s latest technical chart.

    EPD 5-year candlestick chart

    • Current Price Action: The chart above covers a five-year period because I want you to think about this stock’s potential beyond the limits of its range over the past couple of years. A lot of investors tend to think only about 52-week high or low ranges, but when you see that the stock’s actual high in late 2014 was around $41, the fact that the stock is now pushing near to a 52-week high seems less formidable.
    • Trends: We tend to think about stock trends only in upward or downward terms, and in that context the stock’s short-term upward trend since April of this year is a positive. I’ve used the horizontal red and green lines on the chart to illustrate the stock’s actual long-term trend, which in real terms can only be considered sideways. The stock is at the upper limit of its 2-year range, and that does mean that the stock could break down and drop back down toward the $24 price range it last saw two months ago. On the other hand, a break above that red resistance line, to the $30 level should give the stock the momentum to drive to between $34.50 and $35 in the near-term, and if the trend holds, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the stock test its multi-year high around $41. That is, admittedly, a best-case scenario, but it also offers a long-term price target nearly 40% above the stock’s current level.
    • Near-term Keys: Watch the stock’s movement between its current level and $30. A break above $30 is a prime opportunity to go long, while a break back down below $29 could offer a good bearish-oriented trade, either by shorting the stock or by buying put options.


    By Thomas Moore Commodities Energy Sector Oil
  • 30 Mar
    Read This Before Investing In Exxon

    Read This Before Investing In Exxon

    • I’ll discuss the current earnings and XOM’s long term forecast. I’ll also discuss some factors that might jeopardize the forecast.
    • I’ll talk about why XOM is falling.
    • And I’ll conclude with a risk reward view on XOM.



    Introduction

    Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) is down 11% year to date and I’ve seen many headlines discussing how the stock is extremely cheap and a bargain.

    I’ll first discuss why the stock is dropping, analyze the company, and then give you my view on the risk and reward of investing in XOM.  More →

  • 29 Jun
    Oil Is Down. Is It Time To Buy?

    Oil Is Down. Is It Time To Buy?

    • Even if oil prices are volatile, demand is stable and costs are known. This allows us to find the balance value and trade around it.
    • With oil above $50, all big producers are profitable and expanding investments and production, but that’s not a good long-term sign for oil prices.
    • For low risk, high return investments, investors should wait for some kind of panic that pushes oil prices below $40.

    Introduction

    In March when oil prices were around $54 per barrel, I wrote an article that described a low risk, high reward investment strategy related to oil.

    The article, available here, advised readers to wait for oil prices to fall much lower to lower investing risk and increase returns because the long-term oil price is defined by supply and demand surrounding production costs while in the short term, anything can happen as OPEC news can easily move markets. More →

  • 02 Mar
    A Low Risk High Reward Investment Approach To Oil

    A Low Risk High Reward Investment Approach To Oil

    • Oil prices have stabilized, however, both further upside and downside are possible as nobody knows what OPEC will do or decide.
    • U.S. shale producers are back in the game as oil prices stabilize above $50.
    • A low risk high reward investment strategy is to start investing in oil at prices below $40, or even $30. If oil doesn’t reach those levels, well there will always be other investment opportunities.

    Introduction

    Oil prices have relatively stabilized in the last three months after three years of high volatility. More →

    By Sven Carlin Commodities Investiv Daily Oil
  • 20 Feb
    Sell Your ‘High Yield’ Immediately – Aggressive Traders Get Short

    Sell Your ‘High Yield’ Immediately – Aggressive Traders Get Short

    • Due to higher oil prices, ‘high yield’ bond yields are approaching historical lows while interest rates and inflation are increasing. Investors should be grateful for the amazing opportunity to unload.
    • ‘High yield’ ETFs have grown from 0% to 10% of the total fixed income ETF market in less than 10 years.
    • Apart from rising interest rates, illiquid ‘high yield’ primary markets in relation to the highly liquid secondary ETF markets signal potential Armageddon as there will be no buyers when the ETF trend reverses.

    Introduction

    I usually look for investments where the risk is low and return is high as asymmetric risk reward situations provide the highest and safest returns. Today I’m going to do the opposite, discuss a high risk low reward investment. If you own or are attracted to higher yields, or want a short play, this article is for you. More →

  • 21 Dec
    Should You Invest In Russia? Sven Tells You Why It Might Not Be Such A Good Bet

    Should You Invest In Russia? Sven Tells You Why It Might Not Be Such A Good Bet

    • The numbers make Russia the cheapest global market.
    • However, most of the market is made up of energy and financials, while normal companies are fairly priced.
    • Long term economics in Russia aren’t positive as the country is completely dependent on oil prices.

    Russia As An Investment Opportunity

    Russia has been the best performing market year-to-date and is up 50%. However, it’s still considered by many in the financial environment as one of the cheapest global markets as it’s still far from the pre-sanction and higher oil prices levels of a few years ago. More →

  • 20 Dec
    Be Overweight In These Sectors In 2017

    Be Overweight In These Sectors In 2017

    • Increasing interest rates make earnings growth unlikely and increase the probability for a decline of the S&P 500.
    • To beat the S&P 500, you have to invest in sectors that offer a better risk reward ratio than the S&P 500.

    Don’t Go For 10 To 20 Percent Returns In 2017

    With the S&P 500 yielding 3.85% going into 2017, stocks in general are currently an investment vehicle that gives you a small and limited upside with a potentially large downside.

    We know that the FED plans to raise interest rates another three times in 2017. If that happens, the investments people consider most secure—like treasuries, dividend paying blue-chips or REITs—will be hit the hardest because as required yields go up, their asset prices will go down. Therefore, the best way to prepare for 2017 is to position yourself so that if the FED raises rates, your upside is far bigger than 3.85% and your downside far smaller than the potential downside of the currently overvalued stock market. More →

  • 06 Nov
    Sunday Edition: What Does EWT Portend For The S&P 500?

    Sunday Edition: What Does EWT Portend For The S&P 500?

    This Sunday Edition will conclude our series on the Elliott Wave Theory (EWT). I hope you have enjoyed reading them as a different perspective on the markets, and hope I haven’t confused you too much.

    To wrap things up we are going to analyze the S&P 500 and see what the future holds for the major stock market indices – that is, according to EWT. More →

  • 16 Oct
    Sunday Edition: Is The Oil Market Doomed Or Is There A Deep Long Term Value Play?

    Sunday Edition: Is The Oil Market Doomed Or Is There A Deep Long Term Value Play?

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    It’s essential to understand that fundamental value will be only one of the factors determining a security’s price on the day you buy it. Try to have psychology and technicals on your side as well.

    – Howard Marks

    In my opinion, Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital is one of the savviest contrarian investors on Wall Street. It is in the spirit of trying to put the fundamentals, psychology, and technicals on your side that I’m sharing this series on the Elliott Wave Theory. More →

  • 13 Oct
    How To Spot The Big Trends Of The Future

    How To Spot The Big Trends Of The Future

    • In the short term, the market is heavily influenced by new information and noise.
    • In the long term, there are clear trends that can give you an edge to beat the market.
    • We’ll discuss a few trends that are clear but that will take time to develop.

    Introduction

    Some argue that the market is efficient and prices always reflect available information. The Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) was developed by Chicago School of Economics Professor Eugene Fama who was also awarded a Nobel prize for his findings in 2013. Implications of the EMH are that it is impossible to beat the market consistently on a risk-adjusted basis since market prices only react to new information or changes in discount rates. More →