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Investing Topics: Crude Oil

The Oil Down-Cycle: Lessons from the Past

US oil prices would need to overshoot the levels supported by prevailing supply and demand conditions to prompt producers to idle rigs and reduce capital expenditures dramatically. Weak balance sheets and higher-cost asset bases will compel some operators to scale back.

This supply response in the US and elsewhere will signal that we’re near the bottom of the commodity cycle. The question investors must ask isn’t whether this will happen, but rather how long this process will take to occur.

Midstream Madness

Midstream names have regained a good chunk of their losses over the past few days, but investors still have questions about the extent to which the recent retrenchment in crude-oil prices will affect their growth prospects. We highlight our favorites.

Buying the Selloff: Upbeat on Downstream Operators

Shares of US refiners have languished in recent months, but out outlook for regional crude-oil prices suggests that our two favorites should be in the money once again in 2015. Meanwhile, our favorite airline stock provides a hedge against lower crude-oil prices and has sold off precipitously amid fears that an ebola pandemic will curtail travel. Buy now.

Viper Energy Partners LP: Mineral Rights Gain Momentum

Viper Energy Partners owns mineral rights that entitle the MLP to an average 21.4 percent royalty interest in 14,804 gross acres in the northwest portion of Midland County, an area that’s prospective for multiple oil-bearing payzones that occur at various depths. 

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