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The Hottest Sector for 2012: Energy

These 10 energy stocks are poised to show great growth in 2012

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CVR Energy (NYSE:CVI) is a one-of-a-kind company. In addition to perfecting clean transportation fuel, the company takes the petroleum coke produced by its refinery and uses it to make its nitrogen fertilizer. CVR is the only producer in North America that uses this process, and it couldn’t be a better time to be involved in both businesses. Energy prices are obviously on a long-term uptrend, as is demand for food from a growing world population. People need energy and food — that’s why I highly recommend CVI for 2012.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: 12.2%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: -10.7%

Delek US Holdings (NYSE:DK) is a recent addition to our Buy List. I included this particular refiner because not only does it refine 140,000 barrels of oil a day, it also operates approximately 400 fuel and convenience stores that can sell that fuel. They’re cutting out the middleman by being the middleman and boosting revenues. I love when a business can take control of costs like DK does. And business has been so good that management recently approved a special cash divided of 18 cents per share in December. I like the business, I like the dividend (current yield 1.3%) and I like the company’s prospects for 2012. Buy DK now.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: -28.4%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: -40.7%

OYO Geospace (NASDAQ:OYOG) makes instruments and equipment used by seismic contractors and oil and gas companies to find oil. You can’t profit from the oil boom if you can’t find the oil, and OYOG is the go-to company. Recently, it announced a new $7.4 million order from an oil exploration company that is expected to deliver by Dec. 31. This means great things for the upcoming quarter, and I expect OYO will receive more high-profile and high-price-tag orders like this in the coming year.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: 11.9%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: 14.5%

Patterson-UTI Energy (NASDAQ:PTEN) operates the second-largest land-based drilling fleet in North America. Its rigs and support vehicles allow the company to be everywhere at once and charge drillers for that equipment. During the last quarter, Patterson-UTI operated an average of 221 oil rigs at any given time — compared with an average of 202 oil rigs in the prior quarter. And business is booming. Third-quarter sales were up 78% and earnings were up 179%. Looking forward, the company is increasing its rig count by 20% a month, and that will keep earnings on the rise.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: 23.2%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: 25.6%

RPC (NYSE:RES) provides oil industry consulting and technical services like snubbing, coiled tubing, nitrogen services and well control. In the third quarter, RPC had to contend with supply shortages for raw materials needed to drill shale formations and adverse weather conditions in the Northeast, which hindered transport. Nonetheless, booming demand for the company’s services and surging oil prices helped drive RPC ahead of most of the industry. Flush with cash, in the third quarter RPC invested over $100 million in new equipment and maintenance. This investment is going to help the company in the long run, and shares are trading at very attractive prices.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: 23.6%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: 22.0%

Tesoro (NYSE:TSO) is an oil refiner that operates in six states and can pump out a maximum of 665,000 barrels per day. It’s this incredible capacity that has allowed the company to increase sales 52% and hike earnings 516%. The company is constantly finding ways to reduce costs and improve margins. And that focus is going to make Tesoro a tremendous buy throughout 2012.
2012 Estimated Sales Growth: -0.70%
2012 Estimated Earnings Growth: -26.0%

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