NEW YORK (TheStreet) - After a brutal multi-week selloff, it seemed as though oil prices finally approached a bottom. But sure enough, West Texas Intermediate crude, an oil benchmark, resumed its decline, falling 3.3% on Thursday. The commodity currently trades at $74.63 per barrel.
For the most part, energy stocks have traded in unison with oil prices. But that shouldn't necessarily be the case, according to TheStreet's Jack Mohr.
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Some companies, such as SandRidge Energy (SD) , Rex Energy (REXX) and Halcon Resources (HK) , are in trouble. These companies paid a premium for the oil fields they operate in, didn't hedge against a potential decline in oil prices and carry a lot of debt.
As a result, some of these energy companies have to resort to selling assets in order to pay bills, Mohr said, which is a fairly unattractive business model.
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The company's track record for knowing where to drill for oil - and where not to - is impressive, Mohr said. EOG's management is strong on execution and the company owns some of the best property for drilling.
Plus, EOG Resources hedges most of its exposure against the fluctuation in oil prices. In fact, the company recently raised production estimates at a time when investors are expecting many companies to start slashing production targets.
Because the company hedges its exposure, it can afford to continue to pump oil and make plenty of money along the way. So even if crude continues its downward spiral, EOG Resources can continue making money, Mohr concluded.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell