Bitter Cold Weather Could Freeze Investors' Returns

Oil and natural gas producers in the Bakken are used to slower operations in the winter, but recent storms have made things much more difficult than normal. Should Kodiak Oil & Gas investors be more worried than those from Continental Resources or Marathon Oil?

Jan 8, 2014 at 9:03AM

This segment is from Tuesday's edition of 'Digging for Value', in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy & materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

The cold weather suffocating much of the United States is news to no one. What you might want to pay attention to, however, is the impact temperatures reaching 60-below zero can have on oil and natural gas production of companies you are invested in. The Bakken shale is one area that has been hit the hardest. As such, analyst Taylor Muckerman sees much more risk for investors in Kodiak Oil & Gas (NYSE:KOG) versus much larger and more diversified peers like Continental Resources (NYSE:CLR), Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) and Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO). Of those three, Continental is likely the most worried given their reliance on this region for the vast majority of revenue. For analysis can be found in the video clip below.

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