Featured Expert Issues Recommendations On: OSCA, TORC,

                         PQUE, SPN, 
                           TDW, EPL, DNR, and GIFI 

  CHICAGO, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- How has your portfolio fared since the 
end of 2000? Tim Murray's portfolio is up 16.6% during that time and is up 
239% since its inception in 1998. Today he provides a review of the Louisiana 
Energy Conference and the companies he found there that could energize your 
portfolio. For the complete report and more in-depth market commentary, visit  

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      Here are the highlights from the Featured Expert column: 

  OSCA, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSCA): This is a Lafayette, Louisiana based oil 
service company that focuses on well completions. The company has been around 
since 1979 and is well established with revenues of $134 million for the first 
three-quarters of this year, but it just went public this year. Actually it 
has the best looking chart of the group. Still the slow down in offshore Gulf 
of Mexico drilling has caused reductions in the earnings estimates.  
  Torch Offshore, Inc. (Nasdaq: TORC): This New Orleans based oil service 
company specializes in laying small diameter, less than 12-inch diameter, 
pipelines offshore to connect wells to major pipelines. It has been around for 
24 years but was also a new issue this year. In the stock market it has been a 
sinking stinker. It came out at $16 this June and closed today at $4.55.  
  PetroQuest Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: PQUE): This is a Lafayette, Louisiana 
based exploration and production company with very high energy, young and 
impressive management. Their specialty is the Gulf Coast basin. They have been 
public for almost two years and the stock has done very well. It is expensive 
on the current fundamentals, selling at approximately four times both sales 
and book value.  
  Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: SPN): We have been following this 
New Orleans based oil service company for sometime and are very impressed with 
these guys.  They are not sitting around waiting for better times, but are 
actively creating better ways to do business today. Their focus is on the 
wellhead and they provide production related services and products.  The 
company has been public since 1992 and their revenues have grown considerably 
since then.  
  Tidewater, Inc. (NYSE: TDW): New Orleans based Tidewater has the world's 
largest fleet of offshore oil service boats and is the dominant player in the 
Gulf of Mexico. It was by far the most substantial company presenting at this 
conference.  Their global diversification helps them ride out slowdowns in one 
area such is what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico now.  
  Energy Partners, Ltd. (NYSE: EPL): The New Orleans based company is 
another new exploration and development company and has been public for just 
over one year.  They focus on the large mature fields of the central Gulf of 
Mexico shallow water shelf.  We have had some good trades in EPL this year and 
expect more in the future. In contrast to PetroQuest, the management is a 
little more mature and also very impressive.  
  Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR): This Dallas, Texas based exploration and 
development company is a good deal more complex than either PetroQuest or 
Energy Partners and we are not sure that that is a plus for Denbury. They also 
have considerable potential exposure to some business that they did with 
  Gulf Island Fabricators Inc. (Nasdaq: GIFI): We hate to pick on Houma, 
Louisiana based GIFI, but they are still sitting fat with cash and appear 
happy to wait for better time instead of trying to shake trees to make things 
happen. One problem that we see is that if there is a sudden surge in heavy 
fabrication, much larger companies will get back into the business.  
  Be sure to read the rest of the article and find out all of the stocks 
this investment expert is currently recommending.  
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CO:  Zacks Investment Research; OSCA, Inc.; Torch Offshore, Inc.; PetroQuest  
 Energy, Inc.; Superior Energy Services, Inc.; Tidewater, Inc.; Energy  
 Partners, Ltd.; Denbury Resources; Gulf Island Fabricators Inc. 
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