Although the big catalyst event everyone is waiting for will occur next week, many meaningful events occurred this week in the energy sector and crude was very volatile as a result.
In this article, we will review the major events surrounding Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (ADR) (NYSE:PBR), SM Energy Co (NYSE:SM), and Oasis Petroleum Inc. (NYSE:OAS). In addition, we will take a look at the smart money sentiment towards the companies in question.
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Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) found itself in an unwanted spotlight this week after the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC is investigating the integrated giant for how it values its assets. Seeing as how crude prices have halved over the past three years, regulators wonder why Exxon has not written down its assets like almost all its other peers. Exxon has responded by saying that it has one of the most conservative accounting practices in the industry when valuing oil project initially, and thus does not need to write down the values as its peers do. Given that Exxon is one of the few integrated companies that raised its dividend in 2016, many investors don’t doubt Exxon’s conservative practices. The question is how the SEC feels and what might come as a consequence. Out of the around 749 funds Insider Monkey tracks, 60 were long Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) at the end of June, unchanged from the previous quarter.
After shutting down much of its operations in the South American country earlier in the year, Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) is back in Venezuela, courtesy of winning a sizable contract to drill around 80 wells in the country’s heavy oil-rich Orinoco Belt. Although the terms haven’t been finalized yet and the exact financial details weren’t released, PdVSA, the state firm that awarded the contract, has said that drilling 480 wells in the belt will net around $3.2 billion. Given the project’s difficult engineering requirements, PdVSA would be hard-pressed if it performed the project by itself. Schlumberger bulls hope that payment for the contract will be paid on-time and the project will be the first of many more to come. Shares of the oil service giant inched lower by 0.5% this week versus a 1.89% increase in the main oil ETF, United States Oil Fund LP (ETF)(NYSEARCA:USO). A total of 55 funds from our database were long Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB) at the end of June, down by one from the previous quarter.
On the next page, we examine the meaningful events that occurred to Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras, SM Energy Co, and Oasis Petroleum.