Can some some stocks still thrive even if petulant lawmakers refuse to compromise and send the nation over fiscal cliff?
If any stocks can, Jim Cramer thinks EOG Resources is probably one of them.
In part, he likes the way management is executing amid all the advances and developments in the energy sector.
"In recent years, we've seen a whole host of natural gas focused firms attempt to better leverage oil, but EOG has actually succeeded in a way that puts most of its peers to shame. The company now gets more than 50% of its sales from crude, up from just 33% of sales last year."
But perhaps more important to Cramer, EOG could be a growth story – a massive growth story.
When EOG reported at the beginning of November, the company raised its 2012 production growth target for oil and nat gas liquids to 38%, the third increase this year.
They're predicting a 40% increase in crude oil production, most of that due to EOG's huge positions in the Bakken and Eagle Ford shales, the two biggest domestic oil discoveries since Prudhoe Bay in the 1960s.
In a live interview on CNBC, Mark Papa, chairman and CEO of EOG resources told Cramer that the success his company is having with horizontal drilling is largely behind those gains.
"It could grow US oil production by 2 million barrels a day over about a 4 year period," he said."That's the largest growth we've seen in a long time."
"That's some incredible production growth," remarked Cramer. "If North America ever gets energy independent, we may will look back at EOG as being the primary company responsible for that miraculous development."
And even though the stock has been on fire - up nearly 30% over the past 6 months, Cramer still thinks it's ok to pull the trigger.
"Even though it's only a few points off its highs, I think this one is pretty darned cheap on a growth basis, as EOG trades at 19 times next year's earnings estimates with a 22% long-term growth rate."
What's the bottom line?
"It's not just a great producer of oil – it's also a great producer of profits," said Cramer.
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