Sunday, October 12, 2014

Best Energy Stocks to Energize the Portfolio !

Dow Jones Industrial Average lost only about 600 points from the recent high but energy stocks have lost anywhere from 15% to 60% depending on the quality of stock and issues they are faced with. The issue surrounding the energy sector is not the one of shortage but problem of plenty. US shale gas / oil production has glutted the market so much that US is now being called as world's largest producer of oil and oil price has come down from above $100 per barrel to $85. Investors and hedge fund managers believe that this is going to be the new normal oil price for a while and have already exited some of the leading names in the energy sector. Fund managers are always judged based on their fund's performance against the benchmark or index, hence constrained to act on short term volatility. But individual investors who don't face that pressure might take this opportunity to add some quality stocks to the portfolio. Demand for oil is going to be as good as the demand for food and I don't see oil price remaining at $85 or less forever. The price will increase in a year or two and all these stocks that are depressed now will rock again and will give better returns than stocks that are trading at their 52 week peaks. 

Oil price decline not only impacted the companies in the oil industry but also the solar industry. Since increased oil supply and lower price will make solar power costly, companies like First Solar, Sun Power, SolarCity etc. have lost all the gains they made in the last year  or so. IMF predicts slowing growth globally and if the market corrects more next week, then all these stocks that are already depressed will decline more and that will give better opportunities for investors who can live through the volatility for the next couple of years. I was searching for few quality energy stocks to buy and came up with a list of 10 stocks to keep close watch on. 

1. National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) : Current Price : $70
National Oilwell Varco, Inc. is a provider of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, oilfield services, and supply chain integration services to the oil and gas industry. Looking at the balance sheet, the company has minimal debt and positive net cash accounting for debt. 

Book Value : ~ $50 
Dividend : $1.84 (2.6% Yield)
Current PE: ~ 13 & Forward PE: ~ 10
Annual Revenue: $22.9 Billion  
Net Income: $2.35 Billion
Cash : $ 3.9 Billion
Debt : $3.1 Billion  
Debt / Equity Ratio : 14%   
Market Cap : $30 Billion

The company is one of the leaders in this segment and growth is in high teens. Considering the strong fundamentals, current price itself is in the buy range but in order to give some margin of safety, I would closely watch and any price around $60 should be capitalized upon. 

2. Schlumberger Limited (SLB): Current Price: $93
Schlumberger is a technology, project management and information solution provider in the gas & oil field industry and with a market cap of $120 billion, you can't look beyond this if you are looking for a good large cap stock.

Book Value : ~ $31   
Dividend : $1.60 (1.72% Yield)  
Current PE: ~ 18 & Forward PE: ~ 14
Annual Revenue: $46.4 Billion    
Net Income: $6.8  Billion  
Cash : $ 6.7 Billion
Debt : $11.8  Billion  
Debt / Equity Ratio : 33%    
Market Cap : $120 Billion
Schlumberger is the leader in this industry and the management is targeting for an EPS of around $10 in 2017. Current weakness is a good opportunity to double the investment in the next few years time.

3.Halliburton Company (HAL): Current Price: $54
Halliburton too is a provider of services and products to the oil field industry and is a direct competitor to Schlumberger. 
Book Value : ~ $17   
Dividend : $0.60 (1.1% Yield)  
Current PE: ~ 14 &  Forward PE: ~ 11
Annual Revenue: $29.5 Billion     
Net Income: $2.12 Billion  
Cash : $ 2.4 Billion
Debt : $7.8  Billion   
Debt / Equity Ratio : 58%    
Market Cap : $46 Billion
Any decline from here is definitely an opportunity.

4.Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI): Current Price : $57
Baker Hughes is another company with good fundamentals in oil services industry.
Book Value : ~ $41  
Dividend : $0.68 (1.2% Yield)  
Current PE: ~ 14 &  Forward PE: ~ 11
Annual Revenue: $22.3 Billion (Last Year)   
Net Income: $1.1 Billion  (Last Year)
Cash : $ 1.16 Billion
Debt : $4.5  Billion   
Debt / Equity Ratio : 25%    
Market Cap : $24 Billion
Few other names to look into are, Helmerich & Payne, Oceaneering International, Core Laboratories, and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Solar Stocks:
Current weakness in oil price impacted the solar industry too and some of the names I am closely watching are First Solar, Solar City and Sun Power. 
Kumaran Seenivasan.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Loss Recovery Strategy

It has been a long time since I have written anything about stocks. Not that I have lost my interest in stocks but its just that I wanted to experiment something on my own in the market and tell you guys something useful. This article is about how I recouped the losses I made in the market. As I have mentioned in one of my previous articles, I did make some money during 2009 - 2010 but sold early.

The money was sitting idle in the trading account which kind of forced me to commit the biggest mistake. When I started buying stocks again in late 2010 and 2011, stock prices had gone up significantly by then and I could not resist sitting in the sidelines. I invested about 27 lakhs in more than 20 stocks and trouble started from there. Several stocks that I bought came down heavily and I lost about 7 lakhs within a year. Market started moving in the sideways and it frustrated me so much so that I sold all the stocks booking 7 lakhs worth of losses. The problem with having too many stocks in your portfolio is, if few stocks go up significantly, other bad stocks in the portfolio bring it down neutralizing all the gains. Hence I sold everything and took 12 Lakh rupees out of the trading account. Now I needed to find a way to recoup the 7 Lakh losses that I made using 8 Lakh that was still in my trading account.


I realized buying portfolio of stocks would not get me anywhere and I wanted to find a single stock that would double in a reasonable amount of time. I was searching for many and found few of them. The list included Alembic Pharmaceuticals (Rs.63 at that time), Hexaware Technologies (Rs.88 then), Arvind Limited (Rs.70 then), Indiabulls (Rs.120 then) and UPL Limited (Rs.115 then). I did buy Alembic but sold it for some reason. If I continued to have that, I could have made a killing as Alembic trades above Rs.300 now. I finally ended up buying 7,000 UPL Stocks @ Rs.115 per share as I thought, I would not get burned. UPL Limited was reasonably valued and I wanted to bet all the 8 Lakhs on that stock and it worked like a charm even though I had to remain invested in that stocks for several quarters.


UPL Limited tested my patience moving in the sideways for a long time, but I had no choice. Then the management announced buy back program @ Rs.220 per stock. The stock moved closer to the price I expected but expecting more, I failed to sell then. It came down again to Rs.183 and was there in that range for a month.

Last week UPL Came up with Q4 2013 results with good set of numbers. Expecting good results, the stock moved up and in the moment of madness or whatever you call it, I sold it for Rs.220 on last Friday (April 25th) just minutes before the results. So I made sure I recovered all the 7 Lakhs I lost. But the heart breaking thing happened just the next trading day which was Yesterday (April 28th). Since the result was good, the stock gained 20% (Moved from Rs.230 to Rs.276) Yesterday which means I could have benefited additional 4 Lakhs, had I waited for an additional day. But that's how life goes in stock market and no matter how much you regret, nothing is going to happen.

In the last couple of years, I have learned a lot in stock market, made losses, recovered it, bought stocks in huge numbers etc. which I think will help me in future when the right opportunity comes. The important lesson is to identify few good stocks and invest. Even if I go for diversification to minimize risk, I would not go beyond 10 stocks.



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