Claire Poole is a senior writer based in Houston covering energy and utilities. In her time at The Deal, Poole has written stories analyzing the how and why of energy deals and speculating on upcoming activity. She has also conducted insightful interviews with leading energy dealmakers and is often the first to reveal groundbreaking energy news. Before joining The Deal in 2000, Poole worked as a reporter and staff writer at Forbes, was editor-in-chief of El Financiero International and Mexico Business and was a contributing editor at Latin Trade. She also contributed articles to Money, Worth, Businessweek and Texas Monthly.
An increasing number of energy companies are likely to file for Chapter 11 if oil prices stay low, capital markets dry up and the banks cut back on lending.
Stable, outperforming refiners such as Tesoro and oil-field services companies like Schlumberger should get investors through the price malaise and in a good position once recovery comes.
Prices have slipped and more natural gas is coming on the market thanks to a 'supergiant' gas find in Egypt. Cheniere Energy could take a hit.
When it comes to energy, the corporate raider-turned-activist investor has lately employed an age-old strategy known well to traders in crude and other commodities: hedging.
The activist investor has made a careful bet on the mining and energy company, investing near the bottom on the belief that he can help turn it around.
A host of analysts make their recommendations on where to invest now.
The deal is the latest in the consolidating oil-services industry.
The acquisition will create the second-largest utility company in the country by customers after Exelon, with 11 regulated electric and natural gas distribution companies providing service to 9 million customers.
Some analysts say now may be the time to re-enter the market and pick up some bargain energy stocks as oil prices fall below $50 a barrel.
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