It’s a red day on Wall Street as crude futures are more than 2% lower and the three major indexes are off by around 0.3% to 0.5%.
Among the stocks trading lower are some offshore companies, Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE:DO), Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE), Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL), a retailer, Buckle Inc (NYSE:BKE), and a wearable tech innovator, Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT). Let’s take a closer look at the five companies and use the latest SEC filings to see how the smart money investors from our database are positioned towards them.
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Offshore Companies Bleeding Lower
Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE:DO), Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE), and Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL) are in the red today as traders rotate out of the higher-production cost names in light of the recent decline in WTI and Brent prices. Although Saudi Arabia has said that it won’t flood the market before the next informal OPEC meeting, Brent and WTI prices are each down around by 2.4% to $45.79 and $43.60 per barrel, respectively, as traders focus more on the weak inventory data. Yesterday’s EIA report wasn’t very encouraging, with U.S. commercial crude oil inventories rising 2.3 million barrels and distillate fuel inventories inching up 1.5 million barrels. Given OPEC’s past record of failures at agreeing to production freezes or at even releasing constructive language, it remains to be seen whether the disparate countries can come to a consensus this month to stabilize the oil market. Although Saudi Arabia seems intent on propping up the market, geopolitical disagreements with Iran could hurt OPEC unity and prevent any constructive agreement. Given that offshore drilling has a higher break-even than shale production in the Permian or conventional production in many parts of the world, offshore drillers need $60 per barrel or higher to do well and the sector is arguably more sensitive to oil price declines than shale drillers or traditional E&Ps.
Of the around 750 elite funds we track, 33 funds owned shares of Noble Corporation Ordinary Shares (UK) (NYSE:NE), 25 funds had a bullish position in Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc (NYSE:DO), and 17 investors were long Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL) at the end of June.
On the next page, we find out why Buckle, and Fitbit Inc are retreating.