Stifel today initiated coverage on a number of oil and gas firms.

The firm initiated Devon (DVN) - Get Report with a "Buy" rating and a $73 price target. Shares were moving higher in pre-market trading. 

It initiated Laredo Petroleum (LPI) - Get Report with a "Buy" rating and an $18 price target.

Marathon Oil (MRO) - Get Report  was started with a "Hold" rating and a $17 price target. Shares were moving lower in pre-market trading. 

RSP Permian (RSPP)  was initiated with a "Buy" rating and a $46 price target.

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