Following past boom/bust cycles, the oil business appears to have bottomed in February 2016 at $27 a barrel. The bruising multi-year bust in crude oil prices was the biggest reason for the world stock market sell-off from late 2015 to early 2016 of roughly 15% overall. The cruel irony of ultra-low prices is its disruptive effect on regular exploration activity. A short-term oil market depression in expectations disproportionately slashes oil drilling activity. Oil exploration budgets for 2017 are down 65% from 2014 and the smallest in 12 years, DESPITE a record estimate for global demand next year. In the long-run, oil & gas development and production may fail to keep pace with the steady growth in total demand. Will the 2015-16 “bust” sow the seeds of the next “boom” phase in pricing?
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Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: GlobalSCAPE, Inc.(GSB)
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap sofware stockGlobalSCAPE, Inc (NYSEMKT: GSB):
As for Globalscape, this one’s a little more straightforward, and obvious. GSB shares pushed up and off of their 200-day moving average line last week, and are making higher highs this week. What you can’t see on the chart is how this has been a pretty reliable pattern for Globalscape for years now. The upper edge of the rising trading range is nearing $6.00, though it would take some time to get there.
Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Agrium Inc.(AGU)
- [By Chad Fraser]
The agriculture ETF is heavily weighted toward the U.S., with 45.8% of its assets there, but it is geographically diverse, with exposure to countries such as Canada (9.9%), Switzerland (8.5%), Japan (6.7%) and Singapore (5.1%).
Potash Cartel Breakup Has Weighed on This Agriculture ETF
The ETF’s unit price declined in the first half of 2013, partly because of the breakup of the Belarusian Potash Company (BPC), through which Russia’s Uralkali, the world’s No. 1 potash producer, and Belaruskali of Belarus distribute their potash. The market is dominated by BPC and Canpotex, owned by Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (NYSE: POT), Mosaic and Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU).
Together, the two cartels control 70% of global potash exports, so the breakup of BPC will result in a more fractured market, which seems likely to push potash prices lower. Shares of major potash producers fell sharply on the news, as did Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF due to its potash stock holdings, which include Agrium, Potash Corp. and Mosaic.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Gains are being seen elsewhere as well, except in shares of The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS). AgriumInc. (NYSE: AGU) was up almost 3% at $91.95 in late Monday trading, although this one held up much better in the destructive news phase when the alarming news roiled these stocks. The big winner is Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), with a gain of 7% to $16.20 in late-Monday trading.
- [By Shanthi Rexaline]
Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers
Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.
Best Low Price Stocks To Own Right Now: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)
- [By Chris Lange]
Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) will to share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $0.22 in EPS and $721.81 million in revenue. Shares were at $2.35 in Friday trading, in a 52-week range of $1.57 to $7.49. The consensus price target is $1.96.
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Rather than panicking, investors seemed to take the stance as a positive sign that the U.S. economy is ready for at least slightly less accommodative monetary policy going forward. Yet some stocks suffered sharp declines, and Shake Shack (NYSE:SHAK), Fred’s (NASDAQ:FRED), and Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
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- [By Jason Hall]
Shares of a number of offshore drilling stocks are up big on Friday following the announcement of Q4 earnings fromNoble Corporation Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NE). Noble’s shares are leading the way today, up over 12% as of 2:50 p.m. EST, butSeadrill Ltd(NYSE:SDRL) stock is also up more than 10%, whileENSCO PLC(NYSE:ESV) andDiamond Offshore Drilling Inc(NYSE:DO) are both up around 5%:
- [By Lisa Levin]
Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL) shares dropped 58 percent to $0.706. Seadrill and its banking group agreed to extend a series of key dates as part of restructuring efforts.
- [By WWW.KIPLINGER.COM]
The high costs of drilling in the deepest parts of the ocean have been a major hindrance for the energy stocks that own advanced rigs. SeaDrill Ltd. (SDRL) has been one of the worst hit of the deepwater drillers.