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Investing Topics: Delaware Basin

Focus On The Permania

The latest additions to the Energy & Income Advisor Focus List have lagged of late, primarily because of the selloff in West Texas Intermediate crude oil. In light of these recent market moves, we we revisit our outlook and investment strategy.

Upstream Takeover Targets

Some of the biggest winners from mergers and acquisitions activity in the US upstream space have been the acquirers. Deal flow will continue to focus on assets and private-equity outfits monetizing their investments. We prefer names with solid balance sheets and exposure to franchise assets with low production costs; these names will continue to take market share, outperform their and grow their inventories of potential drilling locations.

Profitable Trend: Horizontal Drilling Picks up Steam in Permian Basin

The Bakken Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale and the Marcellus Shale may get all the press, as output from these plays continues to grow. But the Permian Basin–an area in west Texas that’s been in production for more than a century–appears poised for a breakout this year.

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