Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Chevron, Matador Resources, Memorial Production Partners, PetroChina and Dril-Quip

   Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Chevron, Matador Resources, Memorial
                Production Partners, PetroChina and Dril-Quip

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2013

CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses
the U.S. Oil & Gas, including Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX-Free Report), Matador
Resources Co. (NYSE:MTDR-Free Report), Memorial Production Partners L.P.
(Nasdaq:MEMP-Free Report), PetroChina Company Ltd. (NYSE:PTR-Free Report) and
Dril-Quip Inc. (NYSE:DRQ-Free Report).


Industry: Oil & Gas


Considering the turbulent market dynamics of the energy industry, we always
advocate the relatively low-risk conglomerate business structures of the
large-cap integrateds, with their fortress-like balance sheets, ample free
cash flows even in a low oil price environment and growing dividends.

Our preferred name in this group remains Chevron Corp. (NYSE:CVX-Free Report).
Its current oil and gas development project pipeline is among the best in the
industry, boasting large, multiyear projects. Additionally, Chevron possesses
one of the healthiest balance sheets among peers, which helps it to capitalize
on investment opportunities with the option to make strategic acquisitions.

While all crude-focused stocks stand to benefit from rising commodity prices,
companies in the exploration and production (E&P) sector are the best placed,
as they will be able to extract more value for their products. In particular,
we suggest exposure to small-cap, undervalued E&P players like Matador
Resources Co. (NYSE:MTDR-Free Report) and Memorial Production Partners L.P.
(Nasdaq:MEMP-Free Report), which enjoy the benefits of crude oil price

The current oil price environment should also benefit producers, particularly
those international players having attractive growth opportunities in their
home markets. One such standout name is PetroChina Company Ltd. (NYSE:PTR-Free
Report), which remains well-placed to benefit from the country's growing
appetite for energy and the turnaround in commodity prices. We are also
encouraged by the natural gas price reform that is expected to boost
PetroChina's margins.

One may also capitalize on this opportunity with the related business sector
of energy equipment service providers. Our top pick in this space is Dril-Quip
Inc. (NYSE:DRQ-Free Report). This offshore drilling equipment maker boasts of
highly engineered drilling and production equipment for deepwater
severe-service applications and harsh environmental conditions.

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