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June 24, 2014
07:33 EDTHES, OXY, COP, MURExploration and production companies price targets raised at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target ranges on a number of international exploration and production companies based on the implications of the conflict in Iraq and the firm's belief that oil prices are more likely to be higher than lower from 2015-2017. The firm raised its price target on ConocoPhillips (COP) to $89-$96 from $85-$82, on Hess Corporation (HES) to $99-$105 from $85-$93, on Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) to $74-$78 from $72-$76, and on Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) to $116-$122 from $109-$116. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil and Occidental. It has a Market Perform rating on Hess.
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July 1, 2015
18:20 EDTCOPShell CEO says Opec production has pressured shale companies, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben van Beurden said Opec's decision not to cut production has sent a "powerful signal... to shale oil companies as well as their financiers that they cannot forget the price risk. The industry will remember it for some time." The CEO noted that industry efforts to boost efficiency and cut costs should keep production going for "a while to come... until the sweet spots start running out." Publicly traded companies in the space include Chevron (CVX), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Exxon Mobil (XOM), BP (BP), Marathon Oil (MRO), BHP Billiton (BHP), ConocoPhillips (COP), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), EOG Resources (EOG), Concho (CXO), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), and Continental Resources (CLR). Reference Link
June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTMUROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:01 EDTMURMurphy Oil downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst William Featherston downgraded Murphy Oil to Sell citing the stock's premium valuation relative to peers and the company's declining production and below average inventory. The analyst cut his price target for shares to $41 from $45.
June 24, 2015
11:12 EDTCOPConocoPhillips management to meet with Jefferies
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07:19 EDTCOPU.K. panel to decide on first fracking in area since 2011, WSJ reports
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