Devon Energy (NYSE:DVN) was one of the first companies in the nation to realize the potential of the shale boom here in the U.S., but it had the reputation of a natural gas company. That bad rap has resulted in many investors shying away from it, but its recent merger deal with Crosstex Energy (NYSE:ENLC) and Crosstex Energy Partners (NYSE:ENLK) as well as the recent purchase of private company GeoSouthern show one thing: Devon Energy is undervalued.

In the video segment below, Fool contributor Tyler Crowe explains that when compared to other major shale drillers such as EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), Devon is undervalued and could be a solid pickup for your portfolio based on these recent deals.

Fool contributors Aimee Duffy and Tyler Crowe have no position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow them on Twitter @TMFDuffy and @TylerCroweFool, respectively. 

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