Oil in London has risen above $50 a barrel for the first time since the pandemic brought the global economy to a halt in a remarkable rally that few predicted would soon happen.
International index futures rose 2.8% on Thursday to a nine-month peak. The revival is a startling reversal for a business brought to a halt earlier this year by an unforeseen lack of demand. With places to hold surplus oil drying out, OPEC and its allies worked together to stagnate outflows and balance prices as the world searched for a vaccine.
Last month’s reports by Pfizer Inc. and others that effective vaccinations will be carried out by spring enhanced the global demand forecast. In the wake of strong purchases by China’s private refiners, Asia appears to lead the physical demand turnaround. The U.S. dollar also declined, which boosted the appeal for currency-priced commodities and helped thrust Brent over $50.
Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) shares were trading up 2.10% at $7.30 at the time of writing on Thursday.
Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) share price went from a low point around $3.02 to briefly over $14.07 in past 52 weeks, though shares have since pulled back to $7.30. MRO market cap has remained high, hitting $5.21B at the time of writing, giving it price-to-sales ratio of more than 1.
If we look at the recent analyst rating MRO, Tudor Pickering upgraded coverage on MRO shares with a Buy rating and a $6.76 price target, which implies room for -0.54% downside momentum this year.
Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) last closed at $44.01, in a 52-week range of $30.11 to $71.37. The firm reported on December 1, 2020, that it has completed a review of its forward business plans and will prioritize near-term capital spending on advantaged assets with the highest potential future value. Analysts have a consensus price target of $43.77.
PetroleoBrasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (PBR) stock soar by 6.63% to $11.26. The most recent rating by Raymond James, on May 18, 2020, is at an Underperform.
Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) Shares headed rising, higher as much as 1.23%.The company recently declared its preliminary financial projections for 2021. The most recent rating by Wells Fargo, on November 30, 2020, is at an Equal weight.
Energy Transfer LP (NYSE:ET) rose 5.08% after gaining more than $0.33 on Thursday.
BP p.l.c. (BP) last closed at $22.41, in a 52-week range of $14.74 to $40.08. Analysts have a consensus price target of $28.19.
Apache Corporation (APA) stock soar by 9.85% to $16.50. OnDecember 7, 2020, the board of directors of Apache Corporation (APA) has declared a regular cash dividend on the company’s common shares. The most recent rating by CapitalOne, on September 11, 2020, is at an Overweight.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) Shares headed rising, higher as much as 3.04%. The firm recently reported exchange offers. The most recent rating by BofA Securities, on November 02, 2020, is at a Buy.
Kosmos Energy Ltd. (NYSE:KOS) rose 20.81% after gaining more than $0.41 on Thursday after reporting that it has closed the transaction with B.V. Dordtsche Petroleum Maatschappij (“Shell”), to farm down interests in Suriname, Sao Tome & Principe and Namibia for approximately $95 million, plus future contingent payments of up to $100 million.
Schlumberger Limited (SLB) last closed at $23.38, in a 52-week range of $11.87 to $41.14. Analysts have a consensus price target of $22.96.
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) stock soar by 3.39% to $21.37 following the declaration from the firm that it has become a member of The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, an international community of CEOs from across the plastic value chain who are committed to addressing the global plastic waste challenge.The most recent rating by Wolfe Research, on November 23, 2020, is at an Outperform.
The Williams Companies Inc. (NYSE:WMB) Shares headed falling, lower as much as -1.79%. The firm recently revealed the appointment of Rose Robeson as an independent director on the Board. The most recent rating by Goldman, on October 15, 2020, is at a Neutral.
Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) rose 3.22% after gaining more than $2.91 on Thursday. On December 3, 2020, the company reported a 2021 organic capital and exploratory budget of $14 billion.
Halliburton Company (HAL) last closed at $19.99, in a 52-week range of $4.25 to $25.47. The firm on December 2, 2020 declared a partnership with Accenture (NYSE: ACN), to fast Halliburton’s digital supply chain transformation and support digitalization within the Company’s manufacturing function. Analysts have a consensus price target of $16.32.
Range Resources Corporation (RRC) stock soar by 9.04% to $7.72. The most recent rating by Stephens, on November 16, 2020, is at an Overweight.