Oil prices post second day of gains despite bearish headwinds
Today's energy market summary:
Despite a slew of bearish headlines, oil prices managed to eke out a second day of gains. Brent rose almost 1%, while WTI gained 0.4%.
Canadian crude benchmarks also posted gains for the day, with WCS and Canadian Light rising 1.6% and 1.0%, respectively.
Edmonton Condensate (C5+) prices rose 1.4%, ending Thursday at just under US$39.
The US Energy Information Administration reported another 10 million barrel build in US inventories, its 8th weekly increase, and another record high in US output, rising to 11.7 million bbl/day last week.
According to Reuters, Russia says they want no part in any OPEC-led deal to cut output next year. Government officials say production is expected to keep rising by about 100,000 bbl/day annually. The country produced a record 11.4 million bbl/day in October.
After surging 18% yesterday, Henry Hub natural gas prices sank 16.5%, blamed mostly on profit taking.
Equity markets in the US and China posted nice gains on Thursday, as both countries appear to be making progress on trade negotiations.
The S&P 500 rose over 1%, led higher by offensive sectors, including energy which rallied 1.5%. All large-cap energy components on the SPX ended the day in the positive.
Today's notable energy news:
Obsidian Energy (OBE.TO +2.9%) set a 2019 capital program of $120 million, with an option to add another $40 million for two additional rigs in the Cardium. The company expects to produce 28,000 to 29,000 boe/day next year.
Anadarko Petroleum (APC +2.0%) announced a 2019 capital investment program of US$4.3 to US$4.7 billion, while production is expected to rise about 10% to as much as 435,000 boe/day. The company also increased its share buyback program by another US$1 billion and raised its quarterly dividend 20% to US$0.30 per share.
FERC has released its draft EIA report on Kinder Morgan's (KMI +1.4%) proposed Gulf LNG export terminal in Mississippi, recommending approval of the project. Gulf LNG includes the Gulf LNG pipeline and two liquefaction trains, each with a capacity of 5.75 million t/y. The report now goes to FERC commissioners for a final decision.
Williams Co (WMB +1.0%) and Brazos Midstream have agreed to form a joint-venture in the Delaware Basin. Williams will contribute their existing assets in the region, in exchange for a 15% stake in the JV. Brazos Midstream is backed by investment firm Morgan Stanley. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD +2.8%) announced the closure of its sand mine in Brady, Texas, sometime in Q1/2019. The company expects to book a write-down of about US$400 million in Q4/2018.
Today's M&A activity:
American Midstream Partners (AMID +0.5%) has agreed to sell its refined products terminalling business to Sunoco LP (SUN n/c) for US$125 million in cash.
Oilfield service firms Tidewater (TDW +5.1%) and GulfMark Offshore (GLF +6.2%) shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a US$1.25 billion all-stock merger between the two companies, allowing the transaction to close on Thursday. The new company will retain the Tidewater name and ticker symbol. Both companies filed for bankruptcy in the spring of 2017.
Equinor (EQNR +1.6%) announced the purchase of a 10% stake in Scatec Solar for US$82 million.
Today's third quarter earnings:
Teekay Tankers (TNK +6.6%) posted a third quarter loss of US$17.5 million, narrower than a US$22 million dollar loss reported the same time last year. Revenues almost doubled to US$176 million.
|CURRENCIES & YIELDS|
|Suncor Energy||SU||44.17||▼-0.2||40.49||55.47||26||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||42.04||▲1.2||33.43||44.91||78||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||17.85||▲0.5||15.09||22.99||28||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||44.30||▲0.8||37.60||47.84||78||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||22.79||▼0.0||20.68||27.92||72||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||21.90||▼-2.1||15.68||23.32||97||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||35.75||▼-1.7||35.31||49.08||18||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||10.94||▲1.5||9.03||14.84||21||D W|
|Seven Generations||VII||12.10||▲0.6||11.57||19.40||9||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||21.45||▼-1.4||16.05||24.57||91||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||13.07||▼-1.2||13.02||16.93||21||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||8.12||▲0.9||6.98||9.82||63||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||37.53||▼-1.2||24.97||47.45||83↓||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||78.19||▲1.0||72.16||89.30||45||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||17.17||▲1.4||14.69||19.83||64||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||25.00||▲1.0||23.54||33.67||27||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||101.59||▲3.6||96.54||133.53||11||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||72.59||▲2.3||62.47||87.67||34||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||55.51||▲2.0||46.80||76.70||9||D W|
|Concho Res||CXO||134.59||▲4.5||123.63||163.11||26||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||33.50||▲2.6||31.47||49.08||5||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||23.28||▲0.6||22.55||37.76||2||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||96.23||▲0.7||89.14||123.97||13||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||83.27||▲1.2||80.00||126.98||3||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||65.36||▲2.4||60.10||88.45||12||D W|
Oasis Petroleum (OAS): Upgraded from Overweight to Buy at Barclays.
Cabot Oil & Gas (COG): Downgraded from Buy to Hold at Tudor Pickering.
PetroChina (PTR): Downgraded from Overweight to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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