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  1. Oil and Gas Spending Set To Rise In 2012

    December 27, 2011
    Oil and gas spending is expected to increase by 10% in 2012 over last year, according to a recent survey.
  2. Cenovus Energy To Boost Spending In 2012

    December 9, 2011
    Cenovus Energy announced a large increase in capital spending in 2012, and will use this spending to increase production.
  3. International Shale Update

    November 30, 2011
    The exploration and production industry is going forward in the development of shale resources outside of North America.
  4. Solid Dividend-Paying Companies

    November 25, 2011
    If you are looking to add dividends to your portfolio, don't miss these stocks.
  5. Energy Companies Raising Capex

    October 31, 2011
    Several energy companies boosted capital budgets to go after new opportunities in oil and gas.
  6. Petrobras Or Statoil: Which Is The Better Stock?

    September 22, 2011
    Both Petrobras and Statoil are selling for less these days. Find out which is the better stock.
  7. Royal Dutch Shell Downstream

    September 21, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell is not fleeing the downstream business in terror like many of its peers and is instead trying to keep those ...
  8. Royal Dutch Shell Upstream

    September 20, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell has made substantial investments in its upstream portfolio and is guiding to 11% production rowth through ...
  9. Royal Dutch Shell Strategy Update

    September 19, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell held its twice a year strategy update and is well along in meeting goals set out in 2010.
  10. Conoco Phillips Moves Forward On Separation

    September 15, 2011
    Conoco Phillips is moving forward on its plan to separate into stand alone upstream and down stream properties. The company ...
  11. Playing Athabasca's Multiple Suitors

    September 7, 2011
    With oil prices once again on the rise, unconventional fuel plays begin to make economic sense. The vast Athabasca oil shale ...
  12. Big Oil Stocks Safe And Cheap

    August 30, 2011
    The biggest oil companies with their extensive resources and quality dividends will likely provide very satisfactory returns ...
  13. Industry At A Glance - Large Oil And Gas Producers

    August 30, 2011
    Major oil and gas companies offer an attractive mix of capital gains and income.
  14. Dividend Yields That Just Got Juicer

    August 18, 2011
    For those companies that pay dividends, the inverse relationship between stock price and dividend yield has created some ...
  15. Boring Blue Chips

    August 17, 2011
    With most of the market commentary filled with dire predictions, many long-term investors are now carefully looking for value.
  16. Pinedale Field Keeps On Ticking

    August 12, 2011
    The Pinedale Field in Wyoming has enormous natural gas resources that can be developed at a low cost.
  17. ConocoPhillips Is A Strong Buy

    July 28, 2011
    This oil giant has been experiencing strong top and bottom line growth over the last three years, yet remains undervalued.
  18. Cheap And Safe Stocks To Consider

    July 27, 2011
    For most investors, a good starting point is to seek companies with sound balance sheets and a good valuation. But that's ...
  19. H&R Block: 3 Reasons Buffett Should Buy Back In

    July 27, 2011
    Buffett may have moved on from HRB, but there are three strong reasons he might want to take another look.
  20. Marathon Oil Or Marathon Petroleum: Which Is The Better Stock?

    July 25, 2011
    At the end of June, Marathon spun off its downstream assets. I'll look at which company is the better stock.
  21. Conoco Phillips Separation - Upstream Review

    July 18, 2011
    Conoco Phillips will be one of the largest public independent oil and gas companies after the spin off of its downstream ...
  22. Conoco Phillips To Split Up

    July 18, 2011
    Conoco Phillips is following the industry trend to become smaller. Can its stand-alone plan find success?
  23. Statoil - Norwegian Continental Shelf

    June 29, 2011
    Statoil needs to successfully develop various oil and gas projects located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf over the next ...
  24. Dividends Not To Be Dismissed

    June 21, 2011
    Only when choosing attractive investments that pay dividends, and holding those investments until the price suggests a time ...
  25. Refiners Getting Ready For Heavier Crude

    June 9, 2011
    Heavy oil production from the oil sands of Canada is expected to grow rapidly during this decade.
  26. Talisman Energy: Southeast Asia Oil And Gas Review

    June 8, 2011
    Talisman Energy has a large inventory of development projects in Southeast Asia that it will use to generate 8% annual production ...
  27. Buffett Updates His Portfolio

    June 3, 2011
    Take a peek at what positions Berkshire Hathaway has recently changed.
  28. 4 Oil Stocks To Fuel Your Portfolio

    April 19, 2011
    With oil's recent upward momentum, it might be a good time to add oil to your portfolio.
  29. IDT Corporation Breaks Up

    April 6, 2011
    IDT Corporation is engaged in the spin off of two of its businesses to current shareholders. These reorganizations can sometimes ...
  30. Canadian Oil Companies Set To Outperform

    April 5, 2011
    Despite turmoil in oil-producing areas, it looks like oil will continue to be the primary energy source over the next 20 ...
  31. Conoco Phillips Explores For Future Growth

    March 30, 2011
    Conoco Phillips has assembled dozens of exploratory prospects across the globe, and will spend billions over the next few ...
  32. ConocoPhillips' International Projects

    March 29, 2011
    ConocoPhillips has amassed a large portfolio of international properties that are scheduled for development in 2011 and the ...
  33. Conoco Phillips Sets Up For Growth

    March 25, 2011
    Conoco Phillips will spend tens of billions in capital over the next five years, in an attempt to meet its production growth ...
  34. Royal Dutch Shell Counting On Integrated Gas Projects

    March 23, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell is involved with three large integrated gas projects, and needs to successfully execute on these to meet ...
  35. Royal Dutch Shell Loves The Deepwater

    March 18, 2011
    Royal Dutch Shell has a large number of oil and gas projects under development in the deepwater area.
  36. U.S. Energy Companies In Libya

    February 23, 2011
    Find out how Libya's recent descent into civil disorder may impact U.S. companies with operations there.
  37. Statoil: Bargain Or Bull Trap?

    February 11, 2011
    Statoil's dour production outlook has investors avoiding this otherwise high-quality producer.
  38. Occidental Petroleum's 2011 Capital Budget

    February 1, 2011
    Occidental Petroleum hopes to increase production as much as 8% annually over the next four years.
  39. Undervalued Large Cap Stocks

    December 30, 2010
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  40. Large Cap Dividend Stocks For 2011

    December 17, 2010
    Investors interested in yield for the new year might want to consider a package of solid, stable, large cap stocks which ...
  41. Oil Sands Earnings Analysis

    November 9, 2010
    Despite a number of maintenance stoppages and pipeline outages, oil sand majors are looking strong.
  42. Looking For Dividends In Oil And Gas

    November 1, 2010
    Treasury inflation protected securities can help shield investors during difficult times.
  43. Three ETF Value Picks

    October 27, 2010
    Value stocks appear to be back in vogue. We look at three stocks from three value ETFs.
  44. BIG Dividends, BIG Returns

    October 22, 2010
    High dividend paying stocks are present in many industries. But do you know how to analyze a balance sheet to ensure that ...
  45. Penn West Energy Trust Gears Up For Future Growth

    September 30, 2010
    Penn West Energy is converting from a trust to a corporate form of ownership in early 2011, and is investing more capital ...
  46. Alberta's Cardium Formation

    September 30, 2010
    Alberta's Cardium formation has become a hotbed of resource-rich shale deposits.
  47. Oil And Gas In The Caspian Sea

    August 30, 2010
    The Caspian Sea is ground zero for the major integrated oil companies in the search for energy to meet future demand. The ...
  48. Great Dividend Yield Payouts

    August 26, 2010
    In good times more risk can be taken. But for now, let's look at a couple of companies paying shareholders a healthy dividend.
  49. Venezuela Betting On Heavy Oil

    July 21, 2010
    Venezuela is hoping the Orinoco region will power the country's production growth over the long term, and it has turned to ...
  50. The Italian Oil Giant

    June 25, 2010
    Eni, which stands for Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi, may be the largest oil and gas company that you never heard of.
  51. Play The Bakken With Oasis Petroleum

    June 22, 2010
    Oasis Petroleum, motivated in part by investor preference for oil and liquids rather than natural gas, has completed its ...
  52. Value Picks Abound

    June 2, 2010
    The market slide is a boon to value investors wanting to buy into some big names.
  53. Warren Buffett's Portfolio

    May 25, 2010
    Buffett's long-term investing approach may not be for everyone, but it has sure worked for him.
  54. ConocoPhillips' Upstream Report

    March 30, 2010
    Conoco Phillips has an extensive inventory of upstream projects develop to meet its long-term per-share production growth ...
  55. BP Outlines Strategy For 2010 And Beyond

    March 18, 2010
    BP plans to achieve 1-2% oil and gas production growth through 2015 - can it follow through on this plan?
  56. Will History Repeat Itself?

    February 22, 2010
    During the previous energy cycle peak in the early 1980s, many outside companies bought oil and gas companies, suggesting ...
  57. Small Stocks With Huge Potential

    February 5, 2010
    Investing in names currently out of favor with Mr. Market can lead to significant returns when and if they again become favored.
  58. Exploration and Development Spending A Mixed Bag In 2010

    January 21, 2010
    A look at the 2010 upstream spending plans of major integrated oil companies show a mixed picture on spending relative to ...
  59. Big Oil Dividends

    January 20, 2010
    Oil companies have been on fire lately, but the lack of dividends has left income investors out in the cold. High dividend ...
  60. A Lively Start To 2010 For Energy Sector

    January 15, 2010
    2010 got off to a big start for the energy sector as some major news was released that may define the investing landscape ...
  61. Explosive Growth In Eagle Ford Shale

    January 11, 2010
    The Eagle Ford Shale will continue to attract capital from the exploration and production industry in 2010.
  62. The Eagle Ford Shale Comes Of Age In 2009

    December 24, 2009
    The Eagle Ford Shale came into its own in 2009.
  63. Marathon Oil Outlines Its Upstream Strategy

    November 27, 2009
    Marathon Oil is moving slowly on its diversified set of properties.
  64. BP Ramps Up Oil Production

    November 25, 2009
    BP has made a major push into the Gulf of Mexico, which will help keep it as the largest producer in the area.
  65. The Major Oil Companies Are Still Awesome

    November 10, 2009
    The three largest domestic oil companies showed earnings that were strong but down considerably year over year.
  66. Vietnam A Frontier For Oil And Gas Exploration

    November 6, 2009
    The exploration and production industry is hunting for oil and gas in Vietnam and other frontier areas to meet demands for ...
  67. What A Year For ConocoPhillips

    October 30, 2009
    While comparing numbers to last year make net income look weak, deeply entrenched oil companies like ConocoPhillips can do ...
  68. EnCana Splits In Two

    September 15, 2009
    EnCana announced its plan to split into two separate oil companies, but is this restructuring really necessary?
  69. New Oil Discoveries You Should Know

    September 14, 2009
    Peak oil people seem convinced that doom is on the way, but the industry keeps finding more oil.
  70. What Matters Most In Oil

    August 12, 2009
    There are three variables that dominate the valuation of oil companies.
  71. If Cuba Can Drill Off The Coast Of Florida, Why Can't We?

    August 4, 2009
    Cuba has allowed companies to explore off its Northern coast, closer than U.S. companies are allowed in waters under our ...
  72. High Yield Bets For The Conservative Investor

    July 24, 2009
    High dividends and long-term dependability make it worth getting involved with these companies.
  73. Do We Need Another Alaskan Pipeline?

    June 17, 2009
    The natural gas pipeline being planned from the North Slope of Alaska may be a monumental waste of money.
  74. Corporate Bond Market Opens Up

    May 28, 2009
    The investment grade bond market has opened up and several companies have raised big capital, indicating an easing of the ...
  75. New Energy Bill Divides Industry

    May 25, 2009
    The new energy bill is causing a division in the overall Energy sector, as companies try to influence the outcome of this ...
  76. Shale Plays Gone Wild: The Eagle Ford Shale

    April 20, 2009
    The Eagle Ford Shale is not as famous as other shale plays in Texas, but a few recent wells show that the area has promise.
  77. Some Investors Never Learn About IPOs

    March 30, 2009
    Approaching the four-year anniversary of the Warner Music IPO offering, its stock closed March 27 down 85% from its initial ...
  78. Shale Plays Gone Wild - The Haynesville

    March 20, 2009
    The Haynesville is the most popular shale play, but investors should know it's not the only game in town.
  79. El Paso Offers High Risk, High Return

    March 12, 2009
    El Paso is a heavily leveraged energy company, but the stock comes with high rewards if the economy recovers quicker than ...
  80. Is Oil And Gas Capital Spending Bottoming Out?

    January 21, 2009
    Investors should watch for announcements to get clues into whether the energy sector has hit bottom.
  81. Your Standard Oil Portfolio

    November 26, 2008
    Five companies remain from the Standard Oil breakup in 1911. Investors who built a portfolio around them would have crushed ...
  82. Two Oil Companies Set To Reverse

    November 4, 2008
    Will the recent technical buy signs trigger a move higher?
  83. Seeing Green With Alternative Energy Play

    October 31, 2008
    Learn to use ETFs and the current market distaste for the sector to dip into long-term green energy investments.
  84. 3 Value Plays Revealed Using Forward P/E

    October 13, 2008
    The forward P/E ratio can unearth long-term value plays that other investors miss. We examine three stocks worth a second ...
  85. Are Alcoa And Conoco Set For A Turnaround?

    August 13, 2008
    Bullish candlestick formations will cause traders to add these three stocks to their watch lists.
  86. Four ETFs For Long-Term Energy Bulls

    August 8, 2008
    Explore four ETFs that are an excellent low-cost and liquid way to play a bounce after the recent energy selloff.
  87. Renationalization Roulette (ENI)

    August 13, 2007
    Renationalization is a growing risk for global energy concerns with strategic interests in places like Venezuela, Russia ...
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