APC - $42.13 Anadarko Petroleum
APC saw a sharp dip to support at $40 and a rebound to recover nearly all of the loss. APC said it was selling $10B of assets to help cover the costs incurred with the Kerr McGee and Western Gas Resources acquisitions this year. They also completed a sale of $5.5 billion in bonds. APC said the lower prices for oil were not hurting bids on the properties it is planning to sell. They also said the drop in oil prices had depressed service costs allowing for cheaper long term agreements with service companies.
No change in play.
Maintain profit stop on insurance put at $35.
Earnings schedule: Nov 7th
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko) is an oil and gas exploration and production company. Major areas of operations are located in the United States, primarily in Texas, Louisiana, the mid-continent region and the western states, Alaska and in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in Canada and Algeria. Anadarko also has production in Venezuela and Qatar. It actively markets natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) and owns and operates gas-gathering systems in its core producing areas. In addition, the Company engages in the hard minerals business through non-operated joint ventures and royalty arrangements in several coal, trona (natural soda ash) and industrial mineral mines located on lands within and adjacent to its Land Grant holdings. The Land Grant is an eight-million-acre strip running through portions of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah where the Company owns most of its fee mineral rights.
Breakdown target: $42.50 triggered 9/20
Position 2009 $50 LEAP Call OCP-AJ @ $6.90
Insurance put: 9/25
DHI - $23.61 - DR Horton
No change and numerous people are starting to say good things about housing. Initial support at $23. No change in play.
Earnings schedule: N/A
Choosing a homebuilder was really tough. There are plenty to choose from and all price ranges. PE ratios ranged from 5 to 20 and all points in between. Some did not have LEAPS and some LEAPS were grossly expensive. Just picking a builder on the basis of PE is silly but it should always be a factor. Lower priced companies tend to be favored by funds and institutions. Possible choices I researched were RYL, TOL, CTX, KBH, PHM, DHI, BZH, HOV, LEN, MDC, MTH, BHS and the housing sector index, HGX, the homebuilder ETF, ITB, the Homebuilder SPDR XHB and the DJ R/E iShare IYR. Of those that had LEAPS only TOL, KBH and DHI fit my initial criteria. Toll Brothers at $27 with a PE of 20 had a reasonable $30 LEAP at $7.10 but strong resistance in the $35-$40 range. I own TOL LEAPS personally but that was before I found out that insiders had been dumping shares with Robert Toll unloading 585,000 in the last couple of months. Nobody had bought any shares since 1999. That soured me on recommending TOL despite their large land base.
I thought KBH at a PE of 15 had LEAPS that were expensive and although support at $40 is holding it could easily crack to $30. Since they just warned on Thursday and said they have an options problem I passed on them as well.
DHI at a PE of 5 had cheap LEAPS and was rebounding from strong support at $20. The company operates in 27 states and primarily entry level homes. This market will always be with us due to the formation of new families, immigrants and general population growth. Recent comments from the CEO avoided the doom and gloom of some other builder's comments. DHI has some of the highest margins (15-20%) in the industry and therefore should be able to weather the storm better. DHI calls themselves the largest builder in the US selling 58,000 homes a year.
DHI presented at the Bank of America Investment Conference on Sept-20th. Here is
their webcast link:
I am not adding an insurance put because of the strong support at $20 and the very positive outlook on the webcast above. They only experienced a drop in orders of -4% in Q3 when other builders were dropping -30%.
D.R. Horton, Inc. (D.R. Horton) is a homebuilding company in the United States. The Company constructs and sells single-family homes through its operating divisions in 25 states and 74 metropolitan markets of the United States, under the name of D.R. Horton, America's Builder. The Company's homes range in size from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet. Through its financial services operations, D.R. Horton provides mortgage banking and title agency services to homebuyers in its homebuilding markets. DHI Mortgage, the Company's wholly owned subsidiary, provides mortgage financing services to purchasers of homes the Company builds and sells. D.R. Horton's subsidiary title companies serve as title insurance agents by providing title insurance policies, examination and closing services to purchasers of homes the Company builds and sells.
Position: 2009 $25 LEAP Call VEI-AE @ $5.10
Entry $23.50 (9/24)
CEO $81.12 Cnooc Ltd
-$2 loss but support at $80 is holding. Given the crush to $57.70 on oil prices I consider this a good week and no change in play.
I am not adding an insurance put due to the cheap option price of our call. If you want to add one personally the Dec $70 put is 75 cents with strong support at $73.50.
Earnings schedule: N/A
CNOOC is rapidly acquiring new reserves and moving to develop them quickly. Interim results for 2006 showed a +47% jump in revenues with oil production rising +7.4% to 81.7 BOE. As a subsidiary of a national oil company they have the right to acquire a 51% interest in any discovery in China's offshore waters. Essentially if Jim Brown Oil Company acquired a lease from China to drill offshore and I found oil, Cnooc Ltd has the right to acquire 51% of my discovery. As investors in Cnooc I feel like we are betting with the house. Any discovery by anybody in the area becomes our discovery as well.
CNOOC Limited is a producer of offshore crude oil and natural gas and an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. It mainly engages in oil and natural gas exploration, development, production and sales. The Company has four major oil production areas offshore China, which are Bohai Bay, Western South China Sea, Eastern South China Sea and East China Sea. It is an offshore oil producer in Indonesia. The Company also has certain upstream assets in regions, such as Africa and Australia. As of December 31, 2005, it owned net proved reserves of approximately 2.36 billion barrels-of-oil equivalent (BOE) and its annual average net production was 424,108 barrels-of-oil equivalent per day (BOEPD).
CEO does not have LEAPS.
Breakdown target: $80 triggered 9/11
Position: March $90 Call CEO-CS @ $2.40
SU $68.22 Suncor Energy
We gave back the +$4 gain from the prior week but support at $64 was tested again and held. Suncore lost some production due to maintenance in September but is back on schedule. No change in the play!
Earnings schedule: Oct 26th
Suncor Energy Inc. (Suncor), formerly Suncor Inc., is a Canadian integrated energy company that explores for, acquires, develops, produces and markets crude oil and natural gas, transports and refines crude oil and markets petroleum and petrochemical products. Periodically, the Company also markets third-party petroleum products. Suncor also carries on energy trading activities focused principally on buying and selling futures contracts and other derivative instruments, based on the commodities the Company produces. The Company has four principal operating business units: Oil Sands; Natural Gas; Energy Marketing and Refining, Canada, and Refining and Marketing. During the year ended December 31, 2005, the Company produced approximately 206,100 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day, comprised of 174,500 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil and natural gas liquids and 190 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas.
Breakdown target: $70 (triggered 9/11)
Position: 2009 $80 LEAP Call OYX-AP @ $14.30
Insurance put: 9/18
SLB $59.59 Schlumberger
SLB gave back a couple bucks from the strong +$5 week before. SLB is holding
well over support at $55 and no change in play. S&P said on Wednesday that SLB
was well positioned
to outperform its peers and would benefit from a growing
stream of capital expenditures. S&P gave it a 5* Strong Buy rating.
Schlumberger Limited (Schlumberger) is an oilfield services company, supplying technology, project management and information solutions. Schlumberger consists of two business segments: Schlumberger Oilfield Services and WesternGeco. Schlumberger Oilfield Services is an oilfield services company supplying a range of technology services and solutions to the international oil and gas industry. WesternGeco, 70% owned by Schlumberger and 30% owned by Baker Hughes, is an advanced surface seismic company.
SLB has decent support at $60 and again at $55. SLB said business was booming in its July earnings release and yet it still sold off. I targeted $57 for an initial position based on the July dip. June's support at $55 held filling $55 as our secondary target.
Breakdown target: $57 - 1/2 position @ $8.60 (9/11)
Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call VWY-AN @ $8.30
Insurance Put: 9/18
NBR $28.53 Nabors Industries
Nabors lost a buck for the week but may have finally found a bottom around $28. No change in play.
Link to recent presentation: http://tinyurl.com/o5jmy
Earnings schedule: Oct 25th
Nabors Industries Ltd. (Nabors) is a land drilling contractor with almost 600 land drilling rigs. The Company conducts oil, gas and geothermal land drilling operations in the United States Lower 48 states, Alaska, Canada, South and Central America, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. It is also one of the land well servicing and workover contractors in the United States and Canada. The Company owns approximately 565-land workover and well-servicing rigs in the United States, primarily in the Southwestern and Western United States, and approximately 215-land workover and well-servicing rigs in Canada. Nabors is a provider of offshore platform workover and drilling rigs, and owns 43 platform, 19 jack-up units and three barge rigs in the United States and multiple international markets.
Nabors said they are not seeing any weakness in rig pricing and have more than 100 new rigs on order. They said day rates were still climbing and the international and offshore business was strong enough to contract for terms long enough to recover 100% of the rig costs in most instances. With the strong emphasis on gas drilling rig backlogs for deep rigs were up to three years in some cases.
Link to recent presentation: http://tinyurl.com/o5jmy
UPL $47.55 Ultra Petroleum
UPL performed very well for the week regaining ground lost on the drop in oil prices. It appears UPL is going to weather the gas storm and use $45 as a base for the next move. I am very happy about the UPL position. UPL said last week that their profit margins at $4 gas were +30%, $6 gas 50% and $8 gas 100%. They have a 16-year inventory of wells to be drilled.
Ultra presented at the OGIS Investment Conference on Oct-4th.
No stop on the Jan $40 insurance put
Earnings schedule: Oct 31st
As far as I am concerned Ultra is the premier gas producer in the US. There may be larger companies but after listening to two annual presentations I don't believe anybody does it any better. They have a premier location in the Pindale Anticline and Jonah Field with more than 11,000 drilling locations already mapped out. There is pipeline to the field and they have 3-5 TCF of recoverable gas in the ground with more reserves highly probable.
Link to their recent conference presentation:
They have hedged nearly all their production but retained upside capability. They will be mostly immune from the current gas price implosion but they will be painted by the same broad brush as the rest of the gas crowd. For that reason we did take out an insurance policy.
Ultra Petroleum Corp. (Ultra) is an oil and gas company engaged in the development, production, operation, exploration and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The Company's operations are focused primarily in the Green River Basin of southwest Wyoming and Bohai Bay, offshore China. As of December 31, 2005, Ultra owned interests in approximately 148,007 gross acres in Wyoming covering approximately 230 square miles. The Company owns working interests in approximately 330 gross productive wells in this area and is operator of 53% of the 330 gross wells. Its domestic operations are focused on developing and expanding a tight gas sand project located in the Green River Basin in southwest Wyoming. During the year ended December 31, 2005, the Company's Wyoming production was approximately 87.4% of total oil and natural gas production on a thousand cubic feet of natural gas equivalent (MCFE) basis and 98.5% of the Company's estimated net proved reserves were in Wyoming on an MCFE basis.
Link to their recent conference presentation:
Position: 2009 $60 LEAP Call OZH-AL @ $10.60
SUN $62.19 Sunoco
SUN regained all the intra week losses after a retest of support at $58. Very strong rebound. SUN declared a dividend of 25 cents on Thursday. No change in play.
Earnings schedule: Nov 1st
Sunoco, Inc. (Sunoco), operates through its subsidiaries, as a petroleum refiner and marketer, and chemicals manufacturer with interests in logistics and cokemaking. The Company's petroleum refining and marketing operations include the manufacturing and marketing of a range of petroleum products, including fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals. Sunoco's chemical operations include the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of commodity and intermediate petrochemicals. The petroleum refining and marketing, and chemicals and logistics operations are conducted principally in the eastern half of the United States. Sunoco's cokemaking operations are conducted in Virginia, Indiana and Ohio. The Company operates in five business segments: Refining and Supply, Retail Marketing, Chemicals, Logistics and Coke.
Breakdown target: $62 Entered on 9/12 update
Position: 2009 $70 LEAP Call VUN-AN @ $13.50
PXP $41.37 Plains Exploration
PXP gave up some ground last week but remains above the 100/200 day averages. Just waiting for oil to rebound. No change in play.
Maintain $35 profit stop on Jan $40 insurance put.
Plains presented at the OGIS Investment Conference on Oct-4th
Earnings schedule: Nov 2nd
Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) is an independent oil and gas company primarily engaged in the activities of acquiring, developing, exploiting, exploring and producing oil and gas properties in the United States. The Company owns oil and gas properties in six states with principal operations: the Los Angeles (LA) and San Joaquin Basins onshore California; the Santa Maria Basin offshore California; the Gulf Coast Basin onshore and offshore Louisiana, including the Gulf of Mexico, and the Val Verde portion of the greater Permian Basin in Texas. In April 2005, PXP acquired California producing oil and gas properties from a private company. In September 2005, the Company acquired Point Arguello Unit, Rocky Point development project and related facilities, offshore California, from subsidiaries of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. In May 2005, the Company closed the sale to XTO Energy, Inc. of interests in producing properties located in East Texas and Oklahoma.
Entered on 9/12: 1/2 position
Position: 2009 $50 LEAP Call ZXL-AJ @ 7.50
FST $31.63 Forest Oil
FST is still holding above support at $30. No change in play! I am a firm believer in Forest and feel that once over $35 it will become explosive.
Earnings schedule: N/A
This is one of my favorite companies after listening to their presentation at the recent energy conference. Everything they said made sense and the stock appears to be a bargain price. Forest recently sold their offshore assets and distributed the assets to shareholders knocking $20 off the price with the special dividend. They consolidated all their efforts on the North American continent in productive fields with minimal risk and large upside potential. Listen/read their presentation and I think you will agree.
Link to their conference presentation: http://tinyurl.com/ggzmv
No insurance due to cheap LEAP
Forest Oil Corporation (Forest) is an independent oil and gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and liquids primarily in North America. At December 31, 2005, Forest held interests in approximately 3,900 net oil and gas wells in the United States and Canada and sold 165.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent of oil and gas, or an average of 453 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during ther year ended December 31, 2005. Approximately 84% of the Company's total production was in the United States, and 16% was in Canada. In the United States, Forest's production of natural gas is generally sold in the areas where it is produced or at nearby pooling points. In Canada, the Company's natural gas production is sold by its subsidiary, Canadian Forest Oil Ltd., either through a joint venture with other producers, which is a long-term commitment, or under direct sales contracts or spot contracts.
Forest completed a major divestiture back in March of their offshore properties and made a major distribution to shareholders knocking -$20 off the stock price. Since early May the stock has been stuck in the $30-$35 range as investors digest their new onshore exploration focus. The change in direction appears to have confused many and the sharp drop in stock price probably confuses new investors. Their presentation at the energy conference made good sense to me and I think it was the right move. Here is the link to their conference presentation: http://tinyurl.com/ggzmv
Breakdown target: $30 entered on 9/12 update
Position: 2009 $40 LEAP Call OJG-AH @ 4.50
XTO $41.41 - XTO Energy
XTO is still holding above support at $38-$39 and waiting for October to end. No news, no change in play. Feb $35 put is our insurance. No stop.
XTO presented at the OGIS conference on Oct 4th.
Earnings schedule: N/A
XTO was another presenter at the recent energy conference and I became a believer. They are heavily into natural gas so we can expect some further volatility as gas prices dip in late September.
Link to presentation: http://tinyurl.com/qorbr
XTO Energy Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, development, exploitation and exploration of producing oil and gas properties, and in the production, processing, marketing and transportation of oil and natural gas in the United States. The Company's proved reserves are principally located in the Eastern Region, including the East Texas Basin and northwestern Louisiana; North Texas Region, including the Barnett Shale; San Juan Region; Permian and South Texas Region; Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain Region, and Middle Ground Shoal Field of Alaska's Cook Inlet. As of December 31, 2005, its estimated proved reserves were 6.09 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas, 47.4 million barrels (Bbls) of natural gas liquids and 208.7 million Bbls of oil. During the year ended December 31, 2005, the Company's average daily production was 1,033,143 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of gas, 10,445 Bbls of natural gas liquids and 39,051 Bbls of oil. In April 2005, it acquired Antero Resources Corporation.
XTO was a presenter at the recent energy conference and I was impressed with their outlook and direction. I believe their stock is under priced already but with the impending drop in gas prices as storage fills up I was hoping to buy them cheaper. Link to presentation: http://tinyurl.com/qorbr
Breakdown target: $40 - Entered in 9/12 update
Position: 2009 $50 LEAP Call OUO-AJ @ $6.50
Insurance Put: Feb $35 Put XTO-NG @ $1.40
VLO $50.65 Valero Energy
Valero is still holding above support at $46-$48. Valero said last week that earnings for the quarter would be a record levels although they would be less than previously expected due to the refining margin squeeze from the recent drop in oil. No change in play.
No stop on insurance put.
Earnings schedule: Oct 31st
Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) owns and operates 18 refineries located in the United States, Canada and Aruba that produce refined products, such as reformulated gasoline (RFG), gasoline meeting the specifications of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), CARB diesel fuel, low-sulfur diesel fuel and oxygenates (liquid hydrocarbon compounds containing oxygen). The Company also produces conventional gasolines, distillates, jet fuel, asphalt, petrochemicals, lubricants and other refined products. Its business is organized into two segments: refining and retail. The refining segment includes refining operations, wholesale marketing, product supply and distribution, and transportation operations. The retail segment is segregated into two geographic regions: the U.S. System and the Northeast System. On September 1, 2005, Valero completed the merger of Premcor Inc. with and into Valero Energy Corporation.
Entered 9/24 $48.19
PBR - $81.48 - Petroleo Brasileiro
Petrobras held the majority of its gains for the prior week as we approach the resumption of negotiations in the Bolivia nationalization debate. PBR announced a new offshore deepwater discovery off the coast of Brazil. Support is holding and the outlook is positive. No change in play.
Continue to hold the Jan-$70 insurance put with no stop.
Earnings schedule: Nov 10th
Petrobras continued its decline from the prior week on its dispute with Bolivia but it appears they are winning. The Bolivian government suspended the measure that would have given Bolivia almost total control of the extraction and refining of Bolivian gas and oil. After a heated meeting with the Brazilian energy minister the Brazilian owned Petrobras was exempted from the controls at least temporarily. Petrobras refines 90% of the fuel used in Bolivia and is the biggest investor in Bolivia energy. Talks have been rescheduled for Oct 9th, eight days after the Brazilian elections. Petrobras has invested $1.5 billion in Bolivia since the mid 1990s and Bolivia is trying to nationalize their investment. The day after the suspension was announced the Bolivian Energy Minister quit in protest.
I believe this will work out where Brazil gets significant concessions but Petrobras will lose majority control in Bolivia thanks to the influence of Hugo Chavez on Evo Morales. Petrobras could walk away from the entire country and survive but they do receive significant cash flow from operations in Bolivia.
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras (Petrobras) is a mixed-capital enterprise of which a majority of voting capital must be owned by the Brazilian Government. The Company is engaged in a range of oil and gas activities, which include segments such as exploration and production, refining, transportation and marketing and distribution. The Company operates 95 platforms for production (72 fixed and 23 floating), 16 refineries, 30.318 kilometers of pipeline and 6,154 filling stations spread across the national territory. In addition, to its position in Brazil, Petrobras is present in 15 countries, such as Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Tanzania, Uruguay and Venezuela. It also operates backup support of offices in New York, Tokyo, China and Singapore.
Petrobras has decent support at $85 and again at $80. I would like to see $80 again but we will monitor any drop for a hint of rebound. Try not to catch the knife.
Breakdown target: $85 hit 9/08
DO - $66.02 - Diamond Offshore
Diamond imploded last week from $72 to a low of $62 before a rebound began. I raised the stop on the October $70 put last week to $68 after a bullish week for DO. That was an unfortunate decision since we could have reaped a windfall on the drop. However, the stop at $68 was still sufficient to receive $4.80 for our $1.65 put. We should be so lucky as to make +3.15 on every bad decision. This lowered our cost in the $14.20 LEAP to $11.05. $63 is now support and we are going to take some of our profit on the last put to buy a new insurance put in December.
Earnings schedule: Oct 27th.
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. (Diamond Offshore) provides contract drilling services to the energy industry worldwide and is also engaged in deepwater drilling with a fleet of 44 offshore drilling rigs. The Company's fleet consists of 30 semisubmersibles, 13 jack-ups and one drillship. The Company's offers a range of services worldwide in various markets, including the deep water, harsh environment, conventional semisubmersible and jack-up markets. The Company provides offshore drilling services to a customer base that includes private and independent oil and gas companies and government-owned oil companies.
Breakdown target triggered @ $70 (8/29)
CSX - $33.72 - CSX Corp
CSX continued its climb on low oil prices and anticipation of a strong Q4. We are well covered by the $30 put with the stock price at $30. No change in play.
Maintain a $25 profit stop on the Nov-$30 insurance put.
Earnings schedule: Oct 17th
CSX Corporation (CSX) based in Jacksonville, Florida, owns companies providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services that combine to form transportation companies, connecting more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. CSX's principal operating company, CSX Transportation Inc. (CSXT), operates the railroad in the eastern United States with approximately 21,000-mile rail network linking commercial markets in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. CSX Intermodal Inc. (Intermodal) is a coast-to-coast intermodal transportation provider, an integrated intermodal company serving customers from origin to destination with its own truck and terminal operations, plus a dedicated domestic container fleet. Containers and trailers are loaded and unloaded from trains, with trucks providing the link between intermodal terminals and the customer.
Former Treasury Secretary John Snow was CEO of CSX before he joined the Bush team. He was elected to the board of Marathon Oil in late September.
Position: 2009 $35 LEAP Call OBC-AG @ $4.90
ATPG - $36.28 - ATP Oil and Gas Corp ** No Stop **
ATP is holding above support at $35 and we have a $35 put. The breakeven for the week was definitely not a problem. No change in play.
ATPG Webcast from the OGIS Investment Conference on Oct 5th.
Insurance put: Add a profit stop on the put at $30.
Earnings schedule: N/A
ATP is getting plenty of airtime. Cramer had an on-air interview with the CFO of ATP. You can watch the video here after a brief commercial interlude. Definitely a compelling case to buy ATP. http://tinyurl.com/nm3rw
Entry $38.16 (8/20)
MDR - $41.41 - McDermott ** Stopped @ $38 **
That was really close. Hit our exit stop at $38 on Wednesday. The put cost $1.40 and was $7.00 when the stop was hit. The 2008 $50 LEAP with a cost of $8.33 was $5.20. The combination of the two positions produced a minor profit of +2.47 on the busted play.
McDermott has one of the strongest charts in the energy sector. Up until early September they were still trading at new highs. I want to reenter MDR with a 2009 LEAP on a dip to $38.
Current recommendation: Buy under $40
J. Ray McDermott is a leading provider of engineering, procurement, construction, and installation services for offshore oil and gas field developments worldwide. McDermott International, Inc. is a leading worldwide energy services company. McDermott's subsidiaries provide engineering, construction, installation, procurement, research, manufacturing, environmental systems, project management and facility management services to a variety of customers in the energy and power industries, including the U.S. Department of Energy.
3:2 split on June 1st reduced the strike price by 1/3 and increased the contract size to 150 shares.
Position 2008 $75 LEAP Call YAE-AO @ $12.50
Position: June $60 Put MDR-RL @ $1.25 (5/22)
Entry $44.02 (5/18)
PTR - $105.72 - Petrochina ** No Stop **
PTR is still holding above support at $104. Maintain the stop and let it ride. China's biggest oil company with 14,000 service stations. Unless you think China is going to stop growing this should be in your portfolio.
Maintain a profit stop on the Dec insurance put at $90
Earnings: August 24th, $10.1 billion, +29%
Petrochina is the fourth largest energy company in the world. It is a government monopoly but it acts like an independent. PTR is aggressively acquiring leases and rapidly expanding its drilling program. It currently has over 10.9 billion bbls of proven reserves and more than 44 TCF of gas. Warren Buffet owns $2.3 billion of PTR stock. It trades at less than $12 per BOE and has a 3.5% dividend yield. PTR owns 14,000 service stations and has 2,900 franchised stations. It is majority owned by China and has unlimited capital for expansion if China likes the deal. I expect several acquisitions by PTR over the next couple years but with a $208 billion market cap and China as the owner it will not be a target itself. China would never give up control of those oil assets. PTR saw its output rise +6.3% in Q1 to 267.7 million bbls when most companies were posting declines in reserves and production. Gas output rose +35.6%. PTR owns 75% of the oil and gas reserves in China and supplies 40% of its needs. This is as close to a permanent lock on a profit as we can get given the rapid growth of China's economy.
Cramer has been pounding the table on PTR saying it was not afraid to drill in communist countries, places torn apart by strife or run by two-bit dictators like Chavez or Morales. With the Chinese government and military behind it there is little chance of somebody trying to confiscate PTR assets.
PetroChina Company Limited operates a range of petroleum and related activities through four primary business segments: Exploration and Production Segment, Refining and Marketing Segment, Chemicals and Marketing Segment, and Natural Gas and Pipeline Segment. The activities include the exploration, development, production and sales of crude oil and natural gas; the refining, transportation, storage and marketing of crude oil and petroleum products; the production and sales of basic petrochemical products, derivative chemical products and other chemical products, and the transmission of natural gas, crude oil and refined products, and the sales of natural gas.
Position: 2008 $120 LEAP Call LJC-AD @ $16.20
Insurance put: (9/11)
Insurance put: (8/13)
Insurance combo: Closed
Insurance puts: (Closed 6/7)
Entry 5/14 $116.20
CCJ - $35.27 - Cameco ** No stop **
CCJ took another monster hit this week on absolutely no news. The stock dropped from $35.50 to $32 but then rebounded back to $36 the next day. This drop was the same day as the oil implosion and I assume it was simply painted with the same brush as the oil sector. There is no reason for CCJ to fall below support at $32. Uranium goes up daily and has not fallen in price since 2001. There is not enough to go around and CCJ owns more than 20% of the worlds supply. I would still be a buyer under $35.
Current recommendation: Buy under $35
Earnings schedule: Nov 1st
Prior commentary: 10/01
CCJ took another hit this week when it sold its 10% interest in a diamond mine for a $29 million profit. Cameco sold the non core asset interest in the mine to focus on its primary business of uranium mining. News of the sale knocked CCJ back to support at $35. CCJ also issued a press release to correct speculation in the marketplace that they would not be able to deliver all the uranium they had sold. They claim they have sufficient reserves to cover all current orders. They have been active in the market buying extra mined uranium and additional reserves. The spot price of uranium has risen to $53 a pound. They recently bought one million pounds on the spot market at less than $51 and sold it for more than $53. This type of trading activity prompted speculation that CCJ was running short. $35 was my recommended buy price and traders got that chance this week.
Original Play Description:
We were triggered on the breakout at $72.50 on Monday and again on the $67 breakdown target on Wednesday. Each trigger was for a 1/2 position giving us a full position with an average cost of $9.80 each. That turned out to be the closing price on Friday so if you missed either opportunity you did not miss anything. We are going to add another full position after CCJ splits on Feb-23rd.
This is my best single play in the list. Cameco just announced record earnings and raised their forecast for 2006 and beyond. They projected a +40% rise in revenue and a rise in margin from 23% to 28% for 2006. At the same time they announced a 2:1 split for Feb-23rd on the NYSE. They also raised the dividend to 32 cents from 24 cents payable on April 13th.
They also announced they were buying Zircatec for $108 million. Zircatec is a maker of nuclear fuel bundles for Canadian designed heavy water reactors. They said the acquisition would moderately boost 2006 earnings assuming no material changes in operations.
The combination of events including the purchase of Zircatec caused the stock to plunge from its all time high of $82.15 on Feb-1st to close at $69.97 on Friday Feb-3rd. That level remained support for the entire week through Feb-10th.
Cameco Corporation is engaged in exploring, developing, mining and milling uranium ore to produce uranium concentrates. The Company is also a commercial converter of uranium concentrates (U3O8) to UF6 (uranium hexafluoride), as well as a supplier of services to convert uranium concentrates to UO2 (uranium dioxide). Cameco, through its subsidiaries, has a 31.6% limited partnership interest in Bruce Power Limited Partnership, which operates six nuclear reactors in Ontario, Canada. Cameco also owns 53% of Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG), a growth-oriented gold mining and exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and operation of gold properties in Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and other emerging markets.
Position: 2008 $40 LEAP LTA-AH @ $9.00 on 2/25.
No insurance put