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Focus and Discipline

By Peter Staas on Mar. 27, 2018

For the most part, the names on our Focus List have held their value reasonably well in a volatile market.

On the upstream side, Concho Resources (NYSE: CXO) has led the way, exhibiting encouraging momentum and breaking above its 50-day moving average in recent weeks. We continue to like this high-quality exploration and production company for its investment-grade balance sheet and its superior scale and franchise assets in the Midland and Delaware Basins.

Transitioning to large-scale developments should improve Concho Resources’ ability to control services costs and drive additional efficiencies, while the company can also unlock value by monetizing noncore assets, including its interest in the Oryx pipeline.

RSP Permian (NYSE: RSPP) has also performed well since we added the stock to the Focus List in mid-February, when we took advantage of what we regarded as unwarranted weakness in the run-up to its first-quarter earnings release.

 

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