Investors are hopeful that big oil producers will agree to slash oil production in the crucial OPEC meeting next week in Vienna, Austria. On Monday, the S&P 500 touched a new high of 2,194.34, mainly due to the 2% rise in the energy sector. Analysts think that the troubled oil industry will revive in the near future amid growing demand and dwindling U.S shale stockpiles.
In this article, we’ll analyze the most popular energy stocks by assessing the data from nearly 750 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey which filed 13Fs for the September 30 reporting period. The energy stocks which hedge funds like the most as of the end of September and heading into that crucial OPEC meeting are Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD), Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:APC), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), and Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL), which we’ll analyze in this article.
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#5 Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL)
Of the investors in our database, 56 were bullish on Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) at the end of the third quarter, down from 62 a quarter earlier. Those investors owned $1.80 million worth of the company’s shares on September 30. Investment firm Oppenheimer recently rated Halliburton Company (NYSE:HAL) a ‘Buy’, as it thinks the oil industry is set to reverse its long downturn. In the third quarter, Halliburton earned $0.01 a share on $3.83 billion in revenue, compared to expectations of a loss of $0.07 per share on $3.9 billion in revenue. Daniel S. Och’s OZ Management owns 4.73 million shares of Halliburton as of the end of the third quarter.
#4 Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB)
59 funds tracked by Insider Monkey had amassed shares of Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) as of the end of September, valued at $1.56 billion. Those positions amounted to a mere 1.90% of the company’s float, as hedge funds were relatively underweight the stock. Schlumberger’s stock has gained over 16% year-to-date. Last week, investment firm Jefferies upped its rating on the world’s larger oil driller to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ and set a price target of $96 on it. The firm cited improving margins as the main reason for the rating upgrade. In the third quarter, Schlumberger earned $0.25 a share on $7 billion in revenue, topping EPS estimates by $0.03 but missing by $80 million on the top-line.
We’ll check out the three top energy picks of hedge funds on the next page.