Top Energy Stocks
Energy stocks are higher with the NYSE Energy Sector Index
rising around 1.5% and the S&P Energy Index holding on to a
near 1.8% advance. Crude oil for September delivery is up 45 cents
to $89.42 a barrel. August natural gas is flat at 3.07 per 1
In company news, federal environmental officials have determined
groundwater in Dimock, Pa., no longer contains any contaminants and
is safe to drink, a decision cheered last night by Cabot Oil &
Gas Corp (
) and other proponents of hydraulic fracturing.
The northwest Pennsylvania town has been at the center of a
debate over the methods used to extract natural gas from shale
formations deep underground. Some residents contend COG polluted
the local aquifer when it used hydraulic fracturing - also known as
fracking - when it pumped water and chemicals into drill-holes to
break apart shale and release the gas. Some area residents were
able to light their tap water on fire due to high levels of methane
in the water they claim COG caused during its fracking
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of
a second round of tests, saying "there are not levels of
contaminants present that would require additional action,"
including providing alternative sources of drinking water to
In a statement, COG said it was pleased with EPA test results,
adding the company "hopes this will finally put this matter to
rest." COG shares are higher today, up 4%.
In other sector news,
(+) PTEN, (+2.4%) Posts Q2 earnings of $0.60 a share, topping
estimates by $0.16. Revenue for the quarter came in at $681
million, ahead of the $663.50 million consensus.
(+) ESV, (+2.7%) Comfortably beats expectations with Q2 net
income of $1.41 a share. Revenue was $1.072 billion, trailing the
$1.08 billion forecast by analysts by less than 1%.
(+) OXY, (+2%) Reports Q2 EPS of $1.64, ahead of the $1.60
analysts were looking for. Revenue for the quarter came in at $5.77
billion, missing estimates for $5.83 billion.
(+) HEP, (+1%) Increases quarterly distribution by 1.7% to $0.91
(+) XOM, (+1%) Excluding one-time gains, reports $1.80 a share
Q2 profit - $0.15 below Thomson Reuters analyst consensus. Revenue
was $127.36 billion, beating estimates by $11.15 billion.
(-) RDS-A, (-1.5%) Q2 earnings slide 13% from 2011 levels to
$5.7 billion. Lower energy prices blamed. Oil and gas production
falls 5.6% during quarter.
(-) LINE, (-1.9%) Misses analyst expectations with $0.31 a share
Q2 profit. The Street was at $0.42 a share.
(-) GPRE, (-8%, hit year lows) Year-ago $0.14 a share profit
swings to $0.25 a share Q2 net loss, $0.08 worse than the Street
view. Revenue rises 1% to $870.4 million, beating estimates by