Author: Tyler Kocon, Split Rock Private Trading
Covestor model: Bakken Shale
Disclosure: Long EOG, WLL, KOG
Oil and gas stocks should benefit over time from OPEC’s recent revision of global oil demand.
Despite continued economic and geopolitical concerns, OPEC expects the U.S. and the rest of the world to maintain if not increase its consumption of crude.
Let’s look at the numbers:
OPEC’s announcement was a two-fold global revision. First, it provided a value for daily global oil consumption in 2013. That number was 89.6 million barrels, up slightly from its July prediction of 89.5 million barrels.
Second, OPEC updated and revised its previous predictions for 2012, raising daily consumption to 88.74 million barrels, up from a previous 88.72 million.
The global numbers are meaningful. Yet oil and gas investors should also be concerned with the U.S. domestic oil production and import numbers. Those numbers reflect more domestically produced energy and less dependence on imports.
Domestic oil production hit more than 5.6 million barrels per day in 2011, the highest production level since 2003. Meanwhile, U.S. oil imports have dropped an average of 236,000 barrels per day annually since 2006.
The potential increase in oil demand has to come from somewhere, and I expect that the difference will be taken directly from the earth in North Dakota and Texas.
How can investors capitalize on the re-shaping oil atmosphere of the United States?
The model invests in stocks including EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG), a top five holding in the model. EOG not only holds enviable acreage in the Bakken Shale oil field of North Dakota’s Williston basin, it also has holdings in the Eagle Ford area of mid-Texas, an area with untapped reserves that is also near the Gulf Coast refiners.
The company’s domestic operation allows it to avoid tension and turmoil in the Middle East, and steer very clear of the hotly contested Strait of Hormuz.
The Bakken model also invests in companies with large Bakken acreage that could be attractive takeout targets based on their current reserves and production statistics. Those stocks include Whiting Petroleum (WLL) and Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG).
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