Anadarko continues to show that it's among the top run E&Ps in the sector, beating analyst EPS estimates this past quarter. However, the real takeaway from Anadarko's third quarter was the company's delicate balance between financial conservation and production growth. Anadarko grew its sales by 80,000 BOE/d, while increasing its cash position to $2.5 billion -- and staying free cash flow positive. Organic growth is a rare quality in the E&P sector, and Anadarko continues to be among the best at expanding its footprint within the confines of its cash generation.

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