NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (PWE) are falling by 6.01% to $2.19 in late-morning trading on Monday, as energy and oil related stocks slump, due to the decline in oil prices.
Crude for February delivery is lower by 2.80% to $55.53 per barrel on the NYMEX this morning.
Oil prices are down due to comments made over the weekend by Saudi energy minister Ali al-Naimi, who said the nation will maintain its oil production, and is considering an increase if it discovers a new client, MarketWatch reports.
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Since the summer oil prices have fallen almost 50% due to a global oversupply. OPEC recently announced it has no plans to cut its production rate despite the supply gut and a softening of demand.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD (PWE) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."