Dahlman Rose Initiates Coverage of Occidental Petroleum (OXY)

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Dahlman Rose reported on Tuesday that they have begun coverage of oil and gas producer, Occidental Petroleum Corporation( OXY ).

The firm has initiated coverage of OXY with a "Buy" rating and a price target of $86. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock's current price of $75.35.

An analyst from the firm commented, "OXY shares have underperformed the sector by roughly 20% over the past 12 months, reflecting disappointing operating/financial results versus high expectations, among other factors. We believe sentiments are currently very low - providing an opportune time for longterm investors to accumulate shares. For a large global company, OXY offers above-average oil/gas production growth (5-8% per year LT target), top-quartile ROCE (2011 ROCE 17.1%), a deep and quality asset portfolio (reserve life 11.9 years with significant resource upside in the US and the Middle East), and a management team focused on cash distribution (last ten year dividend growth CAGR was 15.8% per year)."

Occidental Petroleum shares were mostly flat during premarket trading Tuesday. The stock is down -20% YTD.

The Bottom Line
Shares of Occidental Petroleum ( OXY ) have a 2.87% dividend yield, based on last night's closing stock price of $75.35. The stock has technical support in the $70-$72 price area. If the stock can firm up, we see overhead resistance around the $79-$81 price levels.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation( OXY ) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.

Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks , as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here .



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