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Murphy Oil ( MUR), an energy company, has been rated buy since August 2005 and it continues to structure new strategies to expand its business and drive its growth. Prices of oil and gas are currently trading at a 12-month high, and rising oil and gas prices, along with higher refining margins should help the company maintain profitable growth. Second-quarter revenue increased 21.5% over a year ago to $4.61 billion.Both crude oil and natural gas prices are highly volatile and cyclical in nature, and Murphy may be negatively affected by any sharp decline in prices. In addition, the company's performance is subject to various political developments across the world, as about 43% of its proved reserves are located in countries other than the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Telefonos de Mexico ( TFONY) provides fixed-line telephony services in Mexico, the U.S. and numerous countries in Latin America. Its strengths include a largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels, expanding profit margins, revenue growth and a pattern of EPS growth over the past two years that is likely to continue. In the year ended Aug. 2, Telefonos' stock price increased by 42.73%, and while almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, it should continue to move higher. These strengths outweigh the company's weak operating cash flow.