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What: Shares of oil and natural gas producer Berry Petroleum
So what: A just-published market report from Credit Suisse highlights Berry and five other petroleum stocks as undervalued producers in American oil-production fields. Berry jumped the highest out of the six stocks in Credit Suisse's spotlight, followed by strong single-digit gains for Petrohawk Energy
Now what: That threesome also happened to be the three most expensive stocks out of the six listed papers, judging on a P/E basis. The oil reserves in Texas and South Dakota, where Credit Suisse sees the most promise at the lowest market valuation, offer high returns on invested capital, and their developers have been unfairly punished in recent months. However, you should note that Berry sports some of the thinnest margins in the industry and only middling revenue growth. In that light, Berry seems like more of a gamble than wide-margined Rosetta or fast-grower Petrohawk.
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