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HOUSTON, Dec 22- Plunging oil prices will prompt energy companies to cut investments in new projects by 25 percent or more in 2015, analysts said over the past week, as firms try to stay cash-flow positive and keep debt in check. With oil prices down more than 40 percent since June, some companies, including ConocoPhillips, have slashed spending by 20 percent.
Oil at $50 a barrel is not going to scare some producers, and investors should focus on companies with core acreage in good basins, said Mike Kelly.
Best-known is Continental Resources, which lifted its hedges in early November, when oil was trading at around $83 a barrel, leaving it unprotected as prices slipped another $20, the most dramatic drop since the 2008 crisis. Apache Corp and Whiting Petroleum are also exposed to lower prices and have underperformed some peers over the past two weeks.
*Oil price slump could herald return of mega-mergers. LONDON, Dec 10- Plunging oil prices look set to trigger another wave of industry consolidation after a decade when mega-deals were scarce, but investors want to see mergers that can squeeze out cost savings and only after a lavish dividend is paid. "Anyone who doesn't think consolidation is going to happen must...
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 9- North Dakota has approved strict new standards for oil, requiring every barrel of crude be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in order to make crude-by-rail transport safer. The new requirements come as federal, state and local officials grapple with how best to ensure the safe transport of North Dakota's crude oil, which has been...
BISMARCK, N.D., Dec 9- North Dakota is poised to impose the strictest oil standards in its history on Tuesday, requiring every barrel of crude to be filtered for dangerous types of natural gas in an effort to make crude-by-rail transport safer. Because most of the oil extracted in the United States via hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as "fracking," is...
There are "haves" and "have nots" in the U.S. oil space, analyst Eric Otto told CNBC. Here are his plays.
Small and mid-cap shale oil companies face a decision in the face of low oil prices: Slow production growth or increase their debt loads.s.
Art Cashin of UBS explains issues for stocks: Higher bond yields, falling commodity prices and next week's Fed meeting.
Energy stocks are down as Brent Crude oil falls to a 17-month low amid lower demand and plentiful supply.
A crush of big cap earnings and arguably the most important economic reports until September make next week the busiest of the summer for markets.
Even as U.S. shale companies pursue mergers, analysts don't expect them to become echoes of Big Oil deals that eventually fell flat.
The bear case for stocks is easy, but it's the bull case that may win out this summer, analysts say.
John Paulson correctly anticipated merger activity in the energy sector, making him one of the big winners of Whiting's purchase of Kodiak.
Though oil is trading at below $100 a barrel, these oil and gas stocks are worth considering, says CNBC's Jim Cramer.
The $6 billion buyout of Kodiak Oil & Gas is renewing attention on energy firms in North Dakota's Bakken formation.
Big mergers are afoot. But is a major shale oil deal a sign of a strong market?
Whiting Petroleum said it would acquire Kodiak Oil& Gas for $3.8 billion, becoming the largest producer in North Dakota's Bakken shale play.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Some of 2014's biggest winners are slated to share their next big ideas at this year's Delivering Alpha Conference.