Sector Watch: Oil & Gas Pending Possible U.S. Strike on Syria


It's a pivotal week as the U.S. determines its role in Syria. A military strike would greatly impact the oil and gas sectors as well as the global economy. Yesterday ABC News reported on market jitters as the Dow dropped 150 points last Friday immediately after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would be backing Syria. Crude is at a two-year high around $110 per barrel. With a U.S. military strike against Syria, both gas and oil prices would be expected to rise.

According to the GuruFocus Industry Trend screener for aggregate trends, gurus have been selling more than buying in certain oil and gas industry sectors, based on the latest data available. For example, in the oil and gas services sector, billionaire investors made 42 sells and 38 buys; in oil and gas E&P, gurus made 121 sells and 94 buys. The oil and gas integrated sector also shows 38 sells versus 21 buys. In other sectors, investors are almost equally buying and selling shares of oil and gas companies in refining and marketing with 22 buys and 21 sells; in oil and gas drilling there are 26 buys and 27 sells currently posted. However, in oil and gas midstream, there are currently 29 buys and 19 sells.

According to the GuruFocus Value Screen for finding 52-Week Lows , the oil and gas E&P sector has 32 companies out of 194 on a 52-week low. The low ratio is 0.16.

Here's a look at three companies on a 52-week low, and the billionaires who hold them.

Industry Sector: Oil & Gas E&P

Kosmos Energy Ltd. ( KOS )

The current share price is $10.37, which is 20.5% off a 52-week high of $13.05.

Kosmos Energy Ltd. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. It operates in Ghana, Ireland, Mauritania, Morocco and Suriname.

Down 4% over 12 months, Kosmos Energy Ltd. has a market cap of $4.02 billion.

Shares trade with a P/B of 4.02.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2012, Hotchkis & Wiley Capital Management increased its position by 18.69%, buying 1,806,200 shares at an average price of $10.82 for a 4.2% loss. Hotchkis & Wiley holds 2.96% of shares outstanding, or 11,469,636 shares. The firm's trading history shows only one quarter of gains at 1.1%, out of nine quarters.

Here are two more billionaire stakeholders and active insiders trading .

Tracking share price, revenue and net income:

QEP Resources Inc. ( QEP )

The current share price is $28.25, which is 15.7% off a 52-week high of $33.50.

QEP Resources Inc. is a natural gas and crude oil exploration and production holding company with three lines of businesses: gas and oil exploration and production, midstream field services, and energy marketing.

Down 5% over 12 months, QEP Resources Inc. has a market cap of $5.06 billion.

Shares trade with a P/E of 34.40 and a P/B of 1.49.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2012, Guru Steven Cohen is the largest stakeholder with 0.5% of share outstanding and 897,687 shares after he reduced his position by 37.64%. He sold 541,909 shares at an average price of $29.02 for a 2.7% loss. His trading history shows only one quarter of gains at 0.5%, out of 12 quarters of holding.

Here are six more billionaire stakeholders and three who sold out as of June 30, 2013.

Tracking share price, revenue and net income:

Talisman Energy Inc. ( TLM )

The current share price is $11.23, which is 26.2% off a 52-week high of $15.21.

Talisman Energy Inc. is an oil and gas company. Its main business activities include exploration, development, production, transportation and marketing of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids.

Down 22% over 12 months, Talisman Energy Inc. has a market cap of $11.58 billion.

Shares trade with a P/E of 86.20 and a P/B of 1.20.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2012, Guru NWQ Managers reduced its position by 3.69%, selling 1,325,411 shares at an average price of $11.60 for a 3.5% loss. The firm currently holds 3.34% of shares outstanding, or 34,599,439 shares. The five-year trading history shows two quarters of gains in the fourth quarter of 2008 for 20.1% and in the first quarter of 2009 for a gain of 13.6%.

Here are five more billionaire stakeholders and two insider sells.

Tracking share price, revenue and net income:

To find out more about aggregate trends and the number of net buys in oil and gas or any industry, check out the GuruFocus Industry Trend screener.

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This article appears in: Investing , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: KOS , QEP , TLM



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