‘The world should be worried’: Saudi Aramco — the world’s largest oil producer — just issued a dire warning over ‘extremely low’ capacity. Here are 3 stocks for protection
The global oil market remains tight according to Saudi Aramco, the largest oil producer in the world. And that does not bode well for a world that still relies heavily on fossil fuels.
“Today there is spare capacity that is extremely low,” Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser says at a conference in London. “If China opens up, [the] economy starts improving or the aviation industry starts asking for more jet fuel, you will erode this spare capacity.”
Nasser warns that oil prices could quickly spike — again.
“When you erode that spare capacity the world should be worried. There will be no space for any hiccup — any interruption, any unforeseen events anywhere around the world.”
If you share Nasser’s view, here are three oil stocks to bet on. Wall Street also sees upside in this trio.
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Headquartered in London, Shell is a multinational energy giant with operations in more than 70 countries. It produces around 3.2 barrels of oil equivalent per day, has an interest in 10 refineries, and sold 64.2 million tons of liquefied natural gas last year.
It’s a staple for global investors, too. Shell is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Amsterdam, and the New York Stock Exchange.
The company’s NYSE-listed shares are up 13.6% year to date.
Piper Sandler analyst Ryan Todd sees an opportunity in the oil and gas supermajor. Last month, the analyst reiterated an ‘overweight’ rating on Shell while raising his price target from $75 to $80.
Considering that Shell trades at around $50.50 per share today, Todd’s new price target implies a potential upside of 58%.
Chevron is another oil and gas supermajor that’s benefiting from the commodity boom.
For Q2, the company reported earnings of $11.6 billion, which more than tripled the $3.1 billion in the same period last year. Sales and other operating revenues totaled $65 billion for the quarter, up 81% year over year.
In January, Chevron’s board approved a 6% increase to the quarterly dividend rate to $1.42 per share. That gives the company an annual dividend yield of 3.6%.
The stock has enjoyed a nice rally too, climbing 32% in 2022.
Morgan Stanley analyst Devin McDermott has an ‘equal weight’ rating on Chevron (not the most bullish rating) but raised the price target from $187 to $193 last month. That implies a potential upside of 23% from the current levels.
Exxon Mobil (XOM)
Commanding a market cap of over $400 billion, Exxon Mobil is bigger than Shell and Chevron.
The company also boasts the strongest stock price performance among the three in 2022 — Exxon shares are up 55% year to date.
It’s not hard to see why investors like the stock: the oil-producing giant gushes profits and cash flow in this commodity price environment. In the first six months of 2022, Exxon earned $23.3 billion in profits, a huge increase from the $7.4 billion in the year-ago period. Free cash flow totaled $27.7 billion for the first half, compared to $13.8 billion in the same period last year.
Solid financials allow the company to return cash to investors. Exxon pays quarterly dividends of 88 cents per share, translating to an annual yield of 3.6%.
Wells Fargo analyst Roger Read has an ‘overweight’ rating on Exxon and a price target of $109 — around 10% above where the stock sits today.
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