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5 Energy & Oil Stocks to Buy Amid Industry Uncertainty

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Energy stocks, especially oil stocks and oil prices, have fallen heavily since the end of April. The decline has been fueled by heightened US-China trade war fears, along with rising tensions surrounding Iran and Venezuela. That being said, let’s look at some oil and energy stocks that are projected to perform well in the coming months and even years despite the current headwinds.

All the stocks on this list currently hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) or better.

Chevron Corp (CVX - Free Report)

Zacks Rank: #2 (Buy)

Chevron is a multinational energy company headquartered in California. Chevron works in three of the major sectors in the petroleum industry: upstream (exploration and drilling for oil or natural gas), downstream (refining of oil), and pipeline (long-distance transport of fuels). Chevron boasts an overall “A” VGM (Value, Growth, and Momentum) grade within our Style Score system. CVX is also a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) right now. Zacks Consensus Estimates call for both revenue and earnings to fall around 3% in fiscal 2019. But, fiscal 2020 is expected to bring 23% earnings growth on top of the fiscal 2019’s projected fall, as well as 6.4% higher revenues. This gives Chevron an expected EPS of $9.80 in fiscal 2020 compared to an estimated $7.96 in fiscal 2019.

Enterprise Products Partners (EPD - Free Report)

Zacks Rank: #1 (Strong Buy)

Enterprise Products is a Texas-based energy company that primarily deals with the transportation, storage and wholesale marketing of natural gas and crude oil. Enterprise Products is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and has an “A” grade for Growth in our Style Score system. Revisions for Enterprise Products’ earnings have been very positive over in the past 60 days with 7 upward revisions for both fiscal 2019 and 2020 earnings, against 0 downward revisions. Over the next two fiscal years, Zacks Consensus Estimates expect EPS to increase from $1.91 in fiscal 2018 to $2.10 in fiscal 2019. EPD’s fiscal 2020 earnings are then projected to reach $2.16. Over the past 6 months, EPD stock is up 14% and this expected growth could help boost the stock.

Equitrans Midstream Corp (ETRN - Free Report)

Zacks Rank: #1 (Strong Buy)

Equitrans Midstream is a company based in Pennsylvania that deals in the midstream services relating to natural gas and its gathering. Equitrans is the third largest gas gatherer in the US and primarily operates in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Equitrans is expected to have good growth over the next 2 years. Zacks Consensus Estimates call for 10% earnings growth, fueled by a 19.9% top-line surge in fiscal 2019. This growth is not expected to end there. Fiscal 2020 is predicted to bring with it 12.9% earnings growth on the back of 12% revenue growth. All of this gives Equitrans an EPS expectation of $2.09 in fiscal 2020 compared to just $1.67 in fiscal 2018. Additionally, Equitrans is currently trading with a P/E of 10.55, significantly below its industry average of 26.90.

Ecopetrol S.A. (EC - Free Report)

Zacks Rank: #2 (Buy)

Based in Colombia, Ecopetrol is a major petrol company in South America. Ecopetrol is up over 7% since closing May 31 as the stock tries to bounce back after falling 20% in the past 3 months. Zacks Consensus Estimates call for revenue to fall 3% in fiscal 2019, but the company’s earnings are still expected to jump 21%. Revenue and earnings are, however, both expected to grow in fiscal 2020, 11.4% and 17%, respectively, above their fiscal 2019 numbers.

Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD - Free Report)

Zacks Rank: #2 (Buy)

Pioneer Natural Resources is an Irving, Texas-based company that engages in oil and gas exploration. Pioneer boasts an “A” and “B” for its Growth and Value, respectively. Pioneer’s P/E of 15.41 is less than half of the industry average of 33.70. Additionally, Zacks Consensus Estimates expect Pioneer’s earnings to soar, to the tune of 48% growth in fiscal 2019 and a further 18.6% growth in fiscal 2020. Pioneer’s projected earnings growth and good value may be able to help the stock bounce back after falling over 19% in the past 12 months.

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