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-- EOG Resources

(NYSE:

EOG

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • EOG RESOURCES INC has improved earnings per share by 33.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EOG RESOURCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.08 versus $0.63 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.45 versus $4.08).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 33.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $295.57 million to $395.78 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,495.61 million or 34.52% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -6.01%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas and crude oil primarily in the United States, Canada, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the People's Republic of China. The company has a P/E ratio of 21, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. EOG has a market cap of $29.18 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

energy

industry. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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