Top Energy Stocks
Energy stocks were trending lower Monday, with the NYSE Energy Sector Index falling less than 0.1% while shares of energy companies in the S&P 500 were down nearly 0.3% as a group. Crude oil for April delivery was slipping 94 cents to $61.10 per barrel in New York while the benchmark Brent crude April contract was declining 83 cents to $64.66 per barrel. April gas futures were 7 cents higher at $2.80 per 1 million BTU. Among energy-related ETFs, United States Oil was down almost 1.4% while United States Natural Gas was up over 2.3%. The Philadephia oil-service sector index was down just 0.1%.
In industry news:
Oil prices declined Monday, giving back a portion of their more than 3% increase on Friday following reports Iran will likely move to end the export limits among OPEC member countries that have worked to lift prices following their crash four years ago at the cartel's next meeting. Saudi Arabia, the group's largest producer, favors keeping the cuts in place in a bid to carry the price of oil above $70 per barrel. But Iran's oil minister told the Wall Street Journal that rising prices will encourage US shale producers to boost their drilling and eventually lead to another round of oversupply and then falling prices. US oil production has surged over the past year, rising to a record 10.2 million barrels per day in recent weeks.
Among energy stocks moving on news:
+ Stone Energy ( SGY ) was advancing during Monday trading, climbing over 7% to a session high of $35.27 a share after the Canadian oil and natural gas producer reported a Q4 profit for the final three months of 2017, reversing a year-ago net loss despite a 32.5% drop year-over-year in revenue. On a GAAP basis, the company earned $0.85 per share on $76.3 million in revenue during the three months ended Dec. 31 compared with a $20.76 per share net loss on $113.1 million in revenue during the final three months of 2016. No analysts' estimates were available for comparison.
In other sector news
+ American Midstream Partners ( AMID ) has turned higher during Monday trade, reversing a less than 1% decline earlier in the session that follwed the pipeline and infrastructure company reporting a wider Q4 net loss during the three months ended Dec. 31 compared with the prior year period, expanding to $2.54 per share net loss from $0.60 per share last year. Revenue fell to $167.6 million from $175.9 million last year. The single analyst following Stone Energy was looking for a $0.21 per share net loss on $179.9 million in revenue.
+ Eni SpA ( E ) was moderately higher on Monday, rising slightly more than 1% to a session high of $33.96 a share after the Italian enregy major late Sunday said it was selling a 10% ownership stake in the Shorouk concession offshore Egypt, to a wholly owned unit of Mubadala Investment for $934 million. Following the sale, Eni's will continue to own 50% of the offshore project while the Russian energy company Rosneft and BP lpc ( BP ) will control 30% and 10%, respectively. Completion of the transaction is subject to certain standard conditions, including all required authorizations from Egypt's authorities. Separately, Eni said it was establishing a long-term presence in the United Arab Emirates by acquiring a 5% stake in the Lower Zakum offshore oil field and a 10% stake in the oil, condensate and gas offshore fields of Umm Shaif and Nasr, for $875 million.
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