Raymond James Energy Stat of the Week
by J. Marshall Adkins
Energy Stat: Deep Thoughts by RJ – Is It Safe to Buy Offshore Drillers Again?
May 20, 2013
"Hello. It's my broker. What? Then buy, buy, buy! Oh, everyone's buying? Then sell, sell, sell!" - Rodney Dangerfield in CaddyShack
We don't have to remind our readers that energy investing has been tough of late. Overall performance has massively lagged the broader markets. We would argue that it is because the perception of a "tight" oil market has evaporated due to the U.S. oil supply renaissance. Nevertheless, within a flattish overall tape for the OSX, it's clear that certain sectors move in and out of favor amongst investors. And, sometimes the only way to win is to be out-of-consensus as the different subsectors oscillate amongst themselves. For now, our conversations with the buy side reflect a noticeable degree of apathy towards the offshore/Brent-leverage theme and a renewed excitement over North America land services in hopes of a utilization-driven rebound. We believe this in conjunction with a rapidly tightening UDW market could set the stage for a reflation trade for the offshore group. We highlight ATW, ORIG, and ESV as a balanced portfolio of high growth, special situation, and high quality to play this theme. We see the swing-for-the-fences trade as NOV, as any sign of additional rig building could cause a massive sentiment shift to the positive.
This is a summary of a much more detailed commentary. Please contact your financial advisor for the full report.
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