Canadian energy stocks sink lower, closing in on January 2016 lows
Today's energy market summary:
Canadian Light and Edmonton Condensate (C5+) also dipped slightly. Western Canadian Select (WCS) declined 3% as the discount to WTI widened by US$0.50 per barrel.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is forecasting a 3.5 million barrel build in US crude stockpiles. Official numbers from the EIA are due Wednesday morning.
The US dollar continues to creep higher, gaining another 0.3% on Tuesday. The greenback is now over 97, re-testing the recent highs of mid-November.
Today's equity market action:
US markets started the day lower, after the US threatened to implement harsher tariffs on China in the new year. Most markets recovered later in the day, ending Tuesday slightly in the positive. The Dow and S&P 500 rose less than 0.5%, while the Nasdaq was unchanged.
European and Chinese markets also ended the trading day roughly unchanged.
In Toronto, the TSX declined 0.5%, with most sectors posting losses.
In the energy space, the TSX energy sector lost another 1.6%, continuing the steep downtrend that began last July. Losses were across all the subsectors, except for a handful of pipeline stocks and Cenovus Energy (CVE.TO +1.2%). Many producers and service companies hit new multi-year lows during the day.
The SPX energy sector lost 0.3%. Gains in large-cap integrated and midstream names offset losses in the other subsectors.
Today's notable energy news:
Ensign Energy (ESI.TO -9.3%) says about 56% of Trinidad Drilling (TDG.TO +3.0%) shareholders have tendered their shares, boosting its stake to 66% and allowing it to complete its hostile take-over. ESI stock touched a 1-year low on Tuesday.
As a result, the friendly merger between Trinidad and Precision Drilling (PD.TO +2.8%) is officially dead, with Trinidad now owing Precision a $20 million break-up fee.
TransCanada (TRP.TO +0.7%) has asked a Montana court to allow it to resume early works activities on its Keystone XL pipeline. Earlier this month, a US judge halted construction of the US$8 billion project pending another environmental assessment. The company is asking the courts to narrow the scope of that injunction.
McDermott International (MDR -1.2%) announced a "sizeable" contract from Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A -1.0%) for a new subsea umbilical and flowline installation at Shell's Great White Frio development in the US Gulf of Mexico. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shareholders at Diamondback Energy (FANG +0.5%) and Energen (EGN +0.7%) have approved a merger of the two companies, allowing the deal to close by the end of this month.
Columbia's Ecopetrol (EC +1.5%) says it plans to invest as much as US$4 billion in exploration and production next year, slightly more than initially planned. The company says it expects to produce about 725,000 boe/day in 2019, about 1% higher than the current year average.
|CURRENCIES & YIELDS|
|Suncor Energy||SU||43.29||▲0.3||40.49||55.47||28||D W|
|Imperial Oil||IMO||39.87||▼-0.4||33.43||44.91||45||D W|
|Husky Energy||HSE||15.60||▼-1.3||15.09||22.99||18||D W|
|Pembina Pipeline||PPL||43.92||▲0.6||37.60||47.84||78||D W|
|Inter Pipeline||IPL||21.40||▼-1.6||20.68||27.92||37||D W|
|Gibson Energy||GEI||21.12||▼-0.3||15.68||23.32||96||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|Cdn Natural Res||CNQ||32.64||▼-3.3||32.58||49.08||12||D W|
|Cenovus Energy||CVE||9.40||▲1.2||9.03||14.84||10||D W|
|Seven Generations||VII||10.03||▼-5.9||10.03||19.40||4||D W|
|Pason Systems||PSI||20.61||▼-1.7||16.05||24.57||85↓||D W|
|Mullen Group||MTL||12.21||▼-2.8||12.12||16.93||16||D W|
|Secure Energy||SES||7.44||▼-4.7||6.98||9.82||33||D W|
|REFINING & MARKETING|
|Parkland Fuel||PKI||37.33||▲0.3||25.02||47.45||89||D W|
|Exxon Mobil||XOM||77.05||▲0.1||72.16||89.30||45||D W|
|Kinder Morgan||KMI||16.73||▲0.1||14.69||19.83||53||D W|
|Williams Co||WMB||24.99||▲0.7||23.54||33.67||38||D W|
|LARGE CAP E&P|
|EOG Resources||EOG||101.95||▼-0.6||96.54||133.53||20||D W|
|Occidental Petro||OXY||69.38||▼-1.8||62.47||87.67||23||D W|
|Anadarko Petro||APC||51.97||▼-0.8||46.80||76.70||7||D W|
|Concho Res||CXO||126.90||▼-1.4||123.63||163.11||22||D W|
|Ntl-Oilwell Varco||NOV||31.98||▼-0.7||31.30||49.08||6||D W|
|Baker Hughes||BHGE||22.38||▼-1.2||21.67||37.76||1||D W|
|Phillips 66||PSX||91.26||▼-0.9||88.99||123.97||10||D W|
|Valero Energy||VLO||77.43||▼-1.7||77.00||126.98||2||D W|
|Marathon Petro||MPC||63.74||▼-0.7||60.64||88.45||12||D W|
Calfrac Well Services (CFW.TO): Upgraded from Sector Perform to Outperform at National Bank.
CES Energy Solutions (CEU.TO): Upgraded from Sector Perform to Outperform at National Bank.
Parsley Energy (PE): Upgraded from Neutral to Buy at Goldman Sachs.
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