Top Energy Stocks
Energy stocks are mixed with the NYSE Energy Sector Index
slipping about 0.1% and the S&P Energy Index now up less than
0.1%. Crude oil for February delivery is down 32 cents to $95.17
per barrel. February natural gas is up 2 cents to $3.52 per 1
In company news, McMoRan Exploration Co (
) is down about about 0.3% from near 52 week highs after reporting
its fourth straight quarterly loss in row.
MMR had a Q4 net loss of $0.01 per share, beating the Capital IQ
consensus by $0.11. But revenues fell 31.0% year over year to $84.1
million, trailing estimates by about $3.46 million.
Much of the quarterly loss resulted from its repeated failures
to unclog the Davy Jones No.1 well in the Gulf of Mexico, a delay
that also prompted would-be buyer Freeport-McMoRan Copper &
Gold Inc (
) to last month lower its offer by 5% to $14.75 a share. FCX shares
are down about less than 1%.
In other sector news,
(+) CHK, (+1.3%) Oppenheimer reduces price target by $4 to $24
to reflect lower-than-expected natural gas and NGL prices. It
maintains an Outperform rating for the stock.
(+) SLB, (+3.5%) Reports Q4 earnings of $1.08 a share, ex items,
matching analyst expectations. Revenue rose 1.5% to $11.17, beating
forecasts by $370 million.
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