Will Occidental Petroleum’s $2 Billion Permian Be Any Better Than The Company’s Disaster In The Bakken? Occidental Petroleum (OXY-NYSE) just paid the highest price per acre in Permian Basin history at $50,000 per acre to get into that play—and that’s after backing out production. Shareholders had better hope that turns out...
Heavy oil stocks will be The Top Investment in Energy if oil keeps gaining past the $45/barrel mark. The secret is in the numbers.  Let me show you how and why using Baytex Energy (BTE-NYSE/TSX) as a perfect example—because they have both light shale oil in the Eagle Ford and...
With so much excitement over U.S. shale plays lately, it’s hard to justify why investors should be looking anywhere else in the oil and gas space. After all, what other sub-sector offers the kind of big production and returns enjoyed by unconventional shale drillers? But there’s a fundamental shift in value...
Activity in the huge Bakken field is going home. Home is Montana, where the Bakken was originally discovered. Drilling equipment and crews are moving back across the border from North Dakota—where the Bakken Boom has been the Biggest—boosting Montana’s rig count to 22 from just eight at this time last year....
Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus.  Private equity fund Edge Natural Resources LLC is taking Canamax Energy private--at 67 cents, or a hair shy of a double over Thursday’s share price. It has been my largest position for a junior for two years, and gives me--and the subscribers who bought it...
Why "Time Is on Their Side" in 2011 PART 1 OF A 2 PART SERIES... What mergers and acquisitions will happen in the Cardium oil play in 2011? In the last half of 2009 and the first half of 2010 the Cardium was the hottest play in Canada.  Valuations moved up quickly...
Here is an energy issue I thought would have been resolved years ago--but it's going to court this week in Alberta.  The central question is simple--what takes priority if a producer goes bankrupt--environmental liabilities to plug & abandon (P&A) wells, or creditors. What's happening is that the Alberta Energy Regulator...
By: Bill Powers Valuing public companies is a black art. Analysts use many metrics, and when delivering a final price target on a stock, use the average of several methods—cash flow multiple, Net Asset Value and the esoteric “management premium”. But I want to suggest to investors that right now, one of...