Winners and losers in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill:
Offshore drillers are again under pressure on concerns that there may be a partial shutdown in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico:
- Hercules ,
- Diamond Offshore ,
- and ENSCO are again weak today.
So are smaller exploration and production (E&P) firms with a primary presence there:
- McMoran ,
- W&T Offshore ,
- Stone Energy
- and Energy XXI .
But attention has moved this morning to those who might be involved in the cleanup.
Superior Energy Services owns a subsidiary, Wild Well Controls, that makes a dome that can be placed over the leak. It's called the Subsea Oil Recovery System, and it is supposed to collect hydrocarbons and pump them onto ships.
At a conference call last week, SPN officials acknowledged they had been contacted by BP: "We are involved, and that's really all we can say."
Look at Clean Harbors , which specializes in emergency cleanups, and has gone from $56 to $68 in just the last four trading sessions.
Hornbeck Offshore Services owns several dozen offshore supply vessels; it moved from $20 to $25 but is down today.
One problem for investors: the Gulf of Mexico is a very fragmented market. Traders and analysts tell me that there are many mom and pop boat, tug and barge operators that are now gearing up for the cleanup.
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