9 Oil and Gas Stocks to Buy Now

by Portfolio Grader | December 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Nine Oil and Gas stocks are moving up in their overall rating this week, according to the Portfolio Grader[1] database. Every one of these is graded an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

Chesapeake Midstream Partners (NYSE:CHKM[2]) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. Chesapeake Midstream Partners owns, operates, develops, and acquires natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil gathering systems, as well as other midstream energy assets in the United States. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CHKM stock[3].

Cabot Oil & Gas (NYSE:COG[4]) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Cabot Oil & Gas is an independent company that develops, explores, produces and markets natural gas, and transports, stores, and gathers it for resale. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of COG stock[5].

Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC[6]) is progressing from last week’s rating of B (“buy”) as the company improves to an A (“strong buy”) this week. Ecopetrol engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. At present, the stock has a dividend yield of 4.4%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EC stock[7].

This week, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s (NYSE:MPC[8]) ratings are up from a B last week to a A. Marathon Petroleum Corp is a supplier of gasoline and distillates to resellers and consumers. It’s refining, marketing and transportation operations are concentrated primarily in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the U. S. Shares of MPC have increased 5.5% over the past month, better than the 3.8% increase the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 8.30. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MPC stock[9].

This week, PAA Natural Gas Storage (NYSE:PNG[10]) pushes up from a C to a B rating. PAA Natural Gas Storage acquires, operates, develops, and manages natural gas storage facilities. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PNG stock[11].

Plains Exploration & Production (NYSE:PXP[12]) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. Plains Exploration & Production is an independent oil and gas company with onshore and offshore operations in California, West Texas, East Texas and the Gulf Coast region. Wall Street has pushed the stock higher by 29.4% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PXP stock[13].

Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ[14]) earns a A this week, jumping up from last week’s grade of B. Alon USA Energy is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products operating mainly in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ALJ stock[15].

Blueknight Energy (NASDAQ:BKEP[16]) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Blueknight Energy Partners provides integrated terminalling, storage, processing, gathering, and transportation services for companies engaged in the production, distribution, and marketing of crude oil and asphalt products in the United States. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BKEP stock[17].

The rating of Synergy Resources (AMEX:SYRG[18]) moves up this week, rising from a C to a B. Synergy Resources is engaged in oil and gas acquisitions, exploration, development and production activities, mainly in the area known as the Denver-Julesburg Basin. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SYRG stock[19].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[1] stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here[20].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. CHKM: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHKM
  3. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CHKM stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHKM
  4. COG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=COG
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of COG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=COG
  6. EC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=EC
  7. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EC stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=EC
  8. MPC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MPC
  9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MPC stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MPC
  10. PNG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PNG
  11. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PNG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PNG
  12. PXP: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PXP
  13. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PXP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PXP
  14. ALJ: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ALJ
  15. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ALJ stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ALJ
  16. BKEP: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BKEP
  17. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of BKEP stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=BKEP
  18. SYRG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SYRG
  19. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SYRG stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SYRG
  20. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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