Analyst: ‘We like break-up’; avoid Big Oil

Smaller oil and integrated companies are likely to benefit big from the energy boom in the United States — at least more so than Big Oil, Paul Sankey of Deutsche Bank said Thursday.

"We like break-up. We like restructuring. We think companies should be smaller, more levered, quicker-moving, more exposed to U.S. growth," he said. "We love the U.S. growth theme. We think that's a unique theme globally. We want to be exposed to that without all the baggage that these guys carry."

Sankey made his comments after Exxon Mobil reported its lowest earnings per share since September 2010.

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On CNBC's "Fast Money," Sankey said that he staying away.

"The change at the margin here is very negative. We've got down volumes and falling returns," he said. "And until those two things turn around, we're very much on the sidelines with Exxon."

Among the large oil producers, he preferred Chevron for its plan to invest in its businesses and grow 25 percent over the next three years.

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While "it's been tough to make money in oil, believe it or not," Peck said that he expected more action to unlock value, such as the case with Hess and Occidental.

"What we're looking for is big names with relatively low leverage that have managements out of favor, and basically there's several of them out there that could be potentially the next victims," he said.

"The tough one is, do you go after the really big guys? How do we get after Exxon or Shell in terms of trying get activists active there? And I think the sheer scale of them prevents that happening, and that's why they're less attractive to us."

By CNBC's Bruno J. Navarro. Follow him on Twitter @Bruno_J_Navarro.

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