T. Boone Pickens Is Buying These Stocks Right Now ($BP $CHK $DVN $DWSN $ECA $NOV $RIG $SD $WFT)
Oil may have sold off hard recently, but billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens still loves energy stocks. After all, he made his fortune by investing in energy, so he knows a thing or two about picking winners among the oil, natural gas and power producers. Recently, BP Capital released its holdings as of March 31, 2012 in a 13F filing. Let’s take a closer look at some of its most bullish bets.
Top 10 Holdings:
|NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC||NOV||14,262||0%|
|DEVON ENERGY CORP NEW||DVN||13,513||36%|
|CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CORP||CHK||11,563||-12%|
|WEATHERFORD INTL LTD NEW||WFT||10,489||35%|
|SANDRIDGE ENERGY INC||SD||9,250||0%|
|DAWSON GEOPHYSICAL CO||DWSN||8,426||0%|
|SUNCOR ENERGY INC NEW||SU||7,063||0%|
Encana Corp (ECA) is a new position in BP’s portfolio – the fund did not report owning any shares of Encana at the end of 2011 – but it is one of its largest holdings. During the first quarter of 2012, BP initiated a new position in the company worth $18 million. A few other hedge funds also have Encana in their 13F portfolios. At the end of last year, there were 19 hedge funds reported to own this stock. Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors had nearly $100 million invested in Encana (check out Steven Cohen’s top stock picks) at the end of last year. Martin Whitman and Ken Griffin are also bullish about this stock. See chart below.
Pickens likes Devon Energy Corp (DVN) as well. The stock is the fourth largest position in his latest 13F portfolio. Pickens boosted his stakes in Devon by 36% over the first quarter to $190 million. Devon is also quite popular amongst the other hedge funds we track. There were 32 hedge funds with positions in Devon at the end of last year. Devon has also shifted its focus from natural gas to oil and natural gas liquids. We think Devon is well positioned to benefit from the higher margins of liquids. See chart below.
Of course, just because BP Capital is natgas and alternative energy-heavy doesn’t mean that Boone Pickens’ fund is eschewing traditional oil firms. His fund picked up 188,000 shares of Valero Energy (VLO_) last quarter, building up a $5 million stake in the country’s largest independent oil refiner. Valero has the capacity to process more than 2.8 million barrels of crude per day through its 14 refineries, in addition to a massive ethanol business and a 1,000-unit gas station business. See Chart below.
Pickens stuck to his strong suit in energy with new picks Encana (ECA), Calpine (CPN), Exelon (EXC), Valero (VLO), and NRG Energy (NRG). He also added to BP Plc (NYSE:BP), Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN), Transocean, and Weatherford International LTD.
Other large positions in Pickens’ portfolio are BP Plc (BP), National Oilwell Varco Inc (NOV), and Transocean Ltd (RIG). Pickens did not increase or decrease his stakes in National Oilwell. He increased his BP position by 12% and his Transocean position by 47% over the first quarter. All of these stocks have attractive valuation levels, especially BP. It is currently trading at only 5.6x its 2013 earnings and has a dividend yield of 5.12%.
BP is the most popular oil company among hedge funds, followed by Exxon Mobil. Value investorSeth Klarman had a $400+ million position in the stock at the end of the first quarter. Billionaires Ken Fisher and Ken Griffin are among the fund managers with large XOM positions. They both boosted their stakes in XOM during the first quarter (see Ken Fisher’s top stock picks). See chart below.
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