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The Hunt for Oil and Natural Gas is Getting More Intense

At the same time when most major oil companies like ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  ) are pulling back on the capital expenditure lever, drilling activity outside of the United States is reaching 30 year highs. For the past couple of years, America's drilling and production has been the clear headline in the energy sector. It appears the rest of the world is determined to catch up. With the price of oil riding high internationally, drilling programs have amped up in both conventional and unconventional -- i.e. horizontal and offshore -- wells. The Middle East and Africa have been leading the charge, where national oil companies typically rule the roost. For more, check out the short clip below. 

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


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Taylor Muckerman
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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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