Big Oil warns of 'deep depression' under Biden energy plan
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The oil and gas industry is mounting a vigorous counter-attack against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's plan to lead a transition away from fossil fuels if he defeats President Trump.
“Six-dollar gas is coming if Trump isn’t re-elected,” Continental Resources founder Harold Hamm told FOX Business on Friday after the former vice president outlined his approach to energy policy at Thursday night's debate in Nashville, Tenn.
“If Biden is elected and his plan on energy is adopted, he will send America into a deep depression and millions of jobs will be lost in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Dakota and we will once again be beholden to foreign rogue regimes for our energy,” Hamm argued.
The U.S. oil and gas industry supports 10.3 million jobs, which pay an average salary of $101,181, according to a study released by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the American Petroleum Institute in 2015, the most recent report available. The industry contributed $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy that year.
While Biden dismissed Trump's claims during the debate that he would ban fracking, a process used to extract fossil fuels from shale formations, he said transitioning away from the oil industry is necessary because it "pollutes significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
The former vice president clarified his comments later in the evening before departing Nashville International Airport.
“We're not getting rid of fossil fuels,” Biden said. “We're getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we're not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time.”
Biden’s campaign website says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, widely panned by Republicans and targeted by Trump on Thursday, is a “critical framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”
The Green New Deal calls for greenhouse gas emissions from human sources to be reduced by 40% to 60% of 2010 levels by 2030 and for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Oil major Chevron Corp., meanwhile, said it has “found ways to work constructively with 27 different administrations” in the more than 140 years the company has been in business.
Rival ExxonMobil Corp. referred FOX Business to a statement from the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group for the oil and gas industry.
"Democrats, Republicans and independents know that the U.S. natural gas and oil industry delivers affordable and reliable energy to American families and businesses and all over the world,” the organization said in its statement. “We aren’t going anywhere.”
Neither Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, whose agency regulates the oil industry, nor the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection immediately responded to FOX Business’ request for comment.
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I believe that oil stocks are poised for a rally in the coming quarters. Last month, Fitch Ratings forecast that global GDP will fall by 4.4% in FY 2020, which implied a “modest upward revision from the 4.6% decline expected in the June.”
Deutsche Bank also believes that the global GDP will “return to pre-virus levels by mid-2021.” In another forecast, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development expects 5% GDP growth in the coming year.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
The point I am trying to make here is that the worst is possibly over for the global economy. It also implies that demand for oil will increase in the coming quarters. Crude oil prices have also stabilized, as evidenced by recent price action in commodity-based exchange-traded fund United States Oil Fund, LP (NYSEARCA:USO), and is likely to trend higher with demand growth. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes Considering this macro outlook, it’s a good time a consider exposure to some fundamentally strong oil stocks, specifically four oil stocks with a healthy dividend pay-out.
Even if the stock price is sideways, investors can benefit from dividend cash inflow. Let’s take a deeper look into the following stocks.
CNOOC Limited (NYSE:CEO)
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX)
Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) 4 Oil Stocks to Buy as the Price of Crude Stabilizes: CNOOC Limited (CEO)
Source: Shutterstock I like CEO stock for two primary reasons. CNOOC currently pays an annual dividend of $8.37 and at current levels, has an attractive yield of 8.9%. Further, the stock trades at a price-to-earnings-ratio of just 8.3. Therefore, in addition to dividends, the stock is likely to trend higher in the coming quarters as oil prices recover.
Amidst a downturn in the industry, another positive fundamental factor is that CNOOC has a gearing ratio of 25%. With low leverage, the company has ample financial flexibility.
Since the company has an annual dividend pay-out of $8.37, it’s also important to talk about the sustainability of dividends. I want to mention the fact that for the first half of FY2020, the company reported free cash flow of 6.4 billion CNY ($957.4 million).
Even in the most challenging times, the Chinese oil company has managed to deliver positive FCF. I expect FCF to increase in the coming years. Dividends are therefore safe.
Given the strong fundamentals, CNOOC is also on track for a capital expenditure of 80 billion yuan (mid-range of guidance) for the current year. Investments are likely to be higher for the coming year. This will translate into production growth and cash flow upside.
CEO stock has declined by 38% in the last 12 months, pretty much in lockstep with oil’s gyrations. I believe that the worst is over for the sector and for the stock. Exposure can be considered at current levels of $93.70. Chevron Corporation (CVX) Source: tishomir / Shutterstock.com Chevron is another oil stock that has strong fundamentals, attractive valuations and an attractive dividend yield.
CVX stock has also declined by 38% in the last year and stock upside is likely in addition to dividends. Currently, the stock pays an annual dividend of $5.16, which translates into a dividend yield of 7.28%.
Chevron also has a strong balance sheet with a net debt ratio of 17%. In addition, the company has $30 billion in cash and equivalents. The liquidity buffer should help the company to ramp-up investments once oil trends higher and sustains at higher levels. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes The company’s Permian asset is likely to deliver production growth and strong cash flows in the coming years. Even for FY2020, the company expects positive FCF from Permian assets. Therefore, once oil trends higher, the returns from Permian assets will be attractive.
With strong fundamentals, quality assets and robust dividends, I expect CVX stock to be a value creator in the coming years. Equinor (EQNR)
Source: II.studio / Shutterstock.com I believe that Norway’s Equinor is among the top oil stocks. In the last one year, EQNR stock has declined by 20.8%, outperforming CVX stock and CEO stock and even ETF USO. The stock also has a healthy 2.55% dividend yield.
In terms of growth, I believe that the Johan Sverdrup asset is likely to be a game changer for the company. The asset is the third-largest in the Norwegian continental shelf with expected resources of 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
Once phase two production commences in FY2022, daily production from the asset will be 690,000 BOE/day. The company has a 42.6% stake in the asset. The asset will therefore deliver production growth and cash flow upside in the coming years. FCF is likely to be robust considering the point that the company expects full field break-even as $20 per barrel.
Of course, Johan is not the only asset. The company has 6 billion barrels of proved oil and gas reserves. With a robust credit rating, the company has financial flexibility for growth.
Overall, EQNR stock is worth considering at current levels. In the next 12-24 months, the company can deliver robust returns through stock upside and dividends. Marathon Oil (MRO)
Source: IgorGolovniov / Shutterstock.com Among the relatively smaller names in the industry, I like Marathon Oil. MRO stock has slumped by 63% in the last year, but has been sideways for the past six months. I believe that the worst is over and upside is likely in the coming quarters.
It’s worth noting that the company recently reinstated dividends with a quarterly pay-out of 3 cents per share. An annual dividend of 12 cents implies a yield of 2.89%.
From a fundamental perspective, Marathon reported total liquidity of $3.5 billion as of Q2 2020. In addition, the balance sheet remains strong with an investment grade credit rating.
Low break-even assets are another reason to be bullish on the company. In the second half of the year, the company expects positive FCF even if WTI oil is around $30 per barrel. For the next year, free cash flow break-even is expected at $35 per barrel. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes WTI oil currently trades at $40 per barrel and with likelihood of oil trending higher, the company’s dividends are safe. In addition, as FCF swells, fundamentals will further improve.
Overall, MRO stock can be a potential doubler in the next 12-24 months.
On the date of publication, Faisal Humayun did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article.
Faisal Humayun is a senior research analyst with 12 years of industry experience in the field of credit research, equity research and financial modeling. Faisal has authored over 1,500 stock specific articles with focus on the technology, energy and commodities sector. As of this writing, Faisal Humayun did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.
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In the last month, Workhorse Group (NASDAQ:WKHS) had trouble breaking out to new highs. Markets are waiting for the company to finalize a deal with US Postal Service by the end of the year. If it happens, it may win more customers for its electric delivery vehicles. WKHS stock is a high risk, high reward investment.
Source: Photo from WorkHorse.com The electric vehicle sector is still very hot. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) led it higher and increased investor interest after its battery day. So, what will it take for Workhorse to keep rising?
Workhorse needs to win a lucrative contract to build mail trucks for the USPS. If it happens, the deal would bring the company up to $6.3 billion in revenue. Conversely, short-sellers are betting that the deal will not pan out.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
The bearish bet on Workhorse stock is a massive 23.76%. So, if the company comes up empty-handed, it will not generate the expected revenue. That would put plenty of selling pressure next. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes Presently, Workhorse is benefiting from strong investor interest in the EV sector. Tesla is worth over $400 billion in market capitalization while Nio (NYSE:NIO) is up around 20 times from its 52-week low. A similar return on Workhorse is already underway but may potentially reward shareholders more.
WKHS Stock and the Future of Delivery
Workhorse has two-step van models: the C650 and C1000. The vehicles are 100% electric that is powered by a modular battery pack system. When the vehicle has two battery packs, it will give 35-kilowatt hours. A four-pack configuration will provide 70 kWh.
When WKHS gets the USPS contract later this year, it will validate the year-long speculation in shares. Getting $6 billion in revenue would value the stock at around 0.33 times sales, assuming a market capitalization of around $2 billion. Investors will need to exercise patience as they wait for the necessary contract approvals.
Governments typically take their time for signing off on contracts, regardless of the size. The impatient investor selling WKHS shares will create a better entry point. If the stock falls again, the total return increases, assuming that it rebounds.
Still, investors are justifiably nervous about Workhorse winning a contract of that size. The company expects only 300 to 400 vehicles produced by the end of the fourth quarter this year. Furthermore, WKHS posted revenue of just $92,000 in Q2. The cost of goods topped $1.5 million. This resulted in an 11 cent earnings per share loss in the period.
Opportunity for WKHS Stock
Workhorse’s 1,200-unit backlog forecast demonstrates the strong demand for its fleet. It has two orders with Ryder but expects all of its channel partners to help it increase its backlog quantity.
The company has ample cash on hand, too. It has $105 million in cash after tapping its credit line. So, as the cost of capital falls, Workhorse is in a good position to operate without issuing warrants and options until 2022.
Investors should recognize the production ramp from here through to Q4 and beyond. On the conference call, Chief Operating Officer Rob Willison said, “the ramp starts from here and goes up.”
He went on to say in Q4, it expects to produce 100 units a month. Next year, producing 150 – 200 monthly is possible, if the market can absorb that volume.
In 2021, Workhorse will have a higher capacity in place to mass-produce vehicles. Gross margins may turn positive, too. That will require research and development plus general and administrative costs falling.
Only four analysts have an opinion on Workhorse. The average price target is $23.33 (per Tipranks). If analysts are cautious about the stock, it will not attract as many institutional investors. It is also worth mentioning that insiders sold shares regularly in the last three months. The automated selling may not signal much but it does not give a bullish indicator, either.
Keep Workhorse stock on the watch list. If the stock dips sharply, consider starting a position.
Disclosure: On the date of publication, Chris Lau did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.
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Occidental Petroleum (NYSE:OXY) stock is in freefall. A year ago, shares traded for as much as $50. After the March crash, OXY stock enjoyed a considerable bounce back up to the $25 level. Since then, there’s been hardly any signs of life. Shares have lost the majority of their remaining value and now trade for less than $10 a pop.
Source: Pavel Kapysh / Shutterstock.com With oil firming up a bit recently, it appeared that Occidental might finally be able to turn the corner. In September, Occidental stock rallied for a moment. However, management quickly snuffed that optimism out with another shockingly bad asset sale, as it sold off one of its best oil fields to private equity for an incredibly low price.
Given this unexpected and highly unfortunate development, any enthusiasm for OXY stock has disappeared in the short-term. What had been trend lines in sync, specifically the United States Oil Fund, LP (NYSEARCA:USO), shifted around Oct. 14. Oil started a slow ascent while OXY stock went the other way.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
That day, CEO Vicki Hollub told an industry conference that “America’s oil production will never again reach the record 13 million barrels a day set earlier this year, just before the pandemic devastated global demand,” Bloomberg reported.
As they say, Occidental is burning the furniture to stay warm. And until that stops, OXY stock could keep dropping even lower.
OXY Stock Investors Hit With Another Blow
Throughout 2020, I’ve urged readers to avoid OXY stock. The company’s problems are numerous and its management team fails to inspire any confidence that they can fix the mess that it’s in. There are much better quality energy companies out there to buy for a sustained recovery in oil and gas.
However, in September, I gave Occidental a chance. With shares down to $10, I argued that they finally looked cheap enough to be worth the risk. Shares initially popped nicely and it looked like OXY stock’s long-running nightmare was ending.
But then, CEO Hollub shocked shareholders with another inexplicable decision. Earlier this month, Occidental announced that it is selling off its Colombian assets for just $700 million. Occidental had been involved in Colombia since the 1980s and has been a key partner with state oil company Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) for ages. Colombia’s oil assets are highly attractive long-life assets with costs far below what Occidental sees on its U.S.-produced oil. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes As a result, according to Credit Suisse estimates, these Colombian fields were generating $250 million a year in cash flow for Occidental, even at current low oil prices. Think about that. Occidental dumped one of its best assets for less than three times their trough cash flow. Given the overall valuation of OXY stock (far higher than 3x cash flow) this actually made the remaining Occidental company less attractive as an asset.
Crippling Debtload Forces Brutal Decisions
From the regrettable Anadarko merger on, Occidental’s CEO has proven to be a poor decision-maker. The decision to give away Colombia’s crown jewels to private equity at a knockdown price is another such error.
Still, given Occidental’s massive debtload, there admittedly are not a lot of good choices here. Leadership promised at least $2 billion in asset sales in 2020 to help make a dent in the company’s liabilities. Since Occidental’s higher-cost Permian assets aren’t meaningfully profitable or cash flow positive at the moment, the assets that can be easily sold are the best ones, such as the Colombian production. Unfortunately, Occidental will be left with increasingly high-cost, marginal production as it sells off Colombia, Wyoming, and other basins in the current liquidation spree. This means that the upside for OXY stock is fading by the month. Oil will eventually recover, but what will Occidental have left by the time the slump is over?
OXY Stock Verdict
Occidental’s decision to abandon Colombia and receive only pocket change in return is a devastating development. Every time you think Occidental might finally have reached rock bottom, it finds some way to dig even deeper.
It’s especially disappointing because in September, it seemed like OXY stock might finally be ready to make a comeback. It had already sold off enough assets that its financial situation appeared alright for the foreseeable future. Perhaps management could get back to improving efficiency on its existing operations. But no, by dumping its decades-long position in Colombia, Occidental signaled to the market that there’s no end in sight to the company’s downward spiral.
If you think oil is going back to $60 a barrel in the near future, you might be able to justify owning OXY stock here for its higher leverage to the price of oil. Otherwise, stay far away. The most recent asset sale made it clear that Occidental’s management team still hasn’t learned from its previous mistakes.
On the date of publication, Ian Bezek did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.
Ian Bezek has written more than 1,000 articles for InvestorPlace.com and Seeking Alpha. He also worked as a Junior Analyst for Kerrisdale Capital, a $300 million New York City-based hedge fund. You can reach him on Twitter at @irbezek.
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China-based EV developer Nio (NYSE:NIO) has been in overdrive. The chart on Nio stock is, well, mostly upward sloping since April, with the return of 9X or so.
Source: xiaorui / Shutterstock.com Granted, Nio has had to deal with some major challenges. In 2019, the company had to recall about 5,000 ES8 SUVs because the batteries caught fire. There also were some layoffs.
But Nio CEO William Li has proven to be a very capable leader. Not only was he able to improve the company’s quality control but he also put together an important financing deal.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips
Note that he raised about $1 billion from Hefei City Construction and Investing Holding, CMD-SDIC Capital and Anhui Provincial Emerging Industry Investment. This was followed up with the issuance of 72 million shares to the public. 7 Airline Stocks to Buy on Pelosi Stimulus Hopes So then, what now? Will Nio stock continue to be a good investment? Well, to see, let’s consider some of the latest developments.
Nio Stock Gets Its Groove Back
The competitive environment in China for EVs is definitely intense, but Nio has done a good job in setting itself apart from its rivals. That is, the company has been focused creating sleek and innovative designs. When it comes to cars – especially those that command premium prices – this strategy can be a winner.
But success has been more than fancy designs.
“Nio has created a car that has a removable battery that cuts down the charging time,” said Victorio Stefanov, who is a Trader & Success Coach at TRADEPRO Academy. “You can drive up to a charging station and simply swap out your Nio battery. The company has also secured over 500 patented technologies into its battery swap solution.”
Taken together, Nio has been able to grow at a rapid clip. In September, there was a 133.2% year-over-year surge to 4,708 vehicles. As for the quarter, there was a 154.3% spike to 12,206. Part of the acceleration is attributable to the launch of Nio’s newest vehicle, the EC6 (the company currently has three cars on the market).
It’s a 5-seater premium smart electric coupe SUV that has a retail price that ranges from roughly $52,441 to $74,957 (this does not include government subsidies). The car includes comes with Mobileye chips for safety and has a system to allow for upgrades over the air.
But of course, regarding the overall delivery growth, there have been other important factors. The Chinese government has continued to be a major proponent of EVs. The goal is to hit a 25% penetration rate within about five years. And given that more than 20 million vehicles are sold each year in China, the market potential for EVs is significant.
In the meantime, the country has been able to effectively manage the Covid-19 pandemic. For the latest quarter, the GDP increased by nearly 5% and retail sales have been robust. There has also been an acceleration of digital adoption, which has boosted the share prices of companies like Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) and JD.com (NASDAQ:JD).
In other words, the environment is quite positive for Nio.
Bottom Line on Nio
Nio is often referred to as the next Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), which has certainly been a nice catalyst for the stock! Yet there are still clear differences to keep in mind. Tesla’s strategy has been to develop its own manufacturing system, which has helped with profit margins.
The company is also a leader in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. This has been fueled by the huge dataset generated from Tesla’s large number of cars on the road.
True, Nio is starting to invest more in AI and other cutting-edge technologies. But there is a long way to go. The fact is that Nio does not have the kind of deep engineering DNA that Tesla has.
The irony is that Tesla may be the Tesla of China! Consider that the company is the leader in sales of EVs in the country.
So all in all, investors should be wary with Nio stock. The valuation is getting to frothy levels, at least based on the small volumes. Moreover, Wall Street seems to be attributing Tesla-like qualities to the company that are fairly thin.
For now, it’s probably best to be cautious on NIO stock – and perhaps wait for a better price.
On the date of publication, Tom Taulli did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article.
Tom Taulli (@ttaulli) is an advisor/board member for startups and author of various books and online courses about technology, including Artificial Intelligence Basics, The Robotic Process Automation Handbook and Learn Python Super Fast. He is also the founder of WebIPO, which was one of the first platforms for public offerings during the 1990s.
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