Since topping out at $120 a barrel back in the summer of 2022, the major oil benchmarks had traded down every month until bottoming in the beginning of December. The decline from the top in the previous June was a staggering 40%. While the oil majors can still make money at that level, with a declining price many opted to slow or halt production. By March of this year, West Texas Intermediate had dropped to $67.61, a bottom that stayed in place until late June when oil finally broke out.
OPEC recently announced that its production levels will stay in place going forward, and on Tuesday Saudi Arabia extended its 1 million barrel-per-day production cuts through the end of the year. In addition, with Russia cutting oil exports in September by 300 million barrels, the perfect storm was in place for a move higher.
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This integrated giant is a safer way for investors looking to get positioned in the energy sector, and shares have backed up some. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) engages in integrated energy and chemicals operations worldwide. The company operates in the following two segments.
The Upstream segment is involved in the exploration, development, production and transportation of crude oil and natural gas; processing, liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas (LNG); transportation of crude oil through pipelines; and transportation, storage and marketing of natural gas, as well as operating a gas-to-liquids plant.
The Downstream segment engages in refining crude oil into petroleum products; marketing crude oil, refined products and lubricants; manufacturing and marketing of renewable fuels; transporting crude oil and refined products by pipeline, marine vessel, motor equipment and rail car; and manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals, plastics for industrial uses and fuel and lubricant additives. It is also involved in cash management and debt financing activities; insurance operations; real estate activities; and technology businesses.
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Chevron posted strong second-quarter results and has a solid place in the sector when it comes to natural gas and LNG. It remains one of the best ways to play energy safely.
Investors receive a 3.68% dividend. UBS has a $209 target price for Chevron stock, while the consensus target is $186.68. The shares closed on Tuesday at $166.47 apiece.
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