NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (PWE) are higher by 4.05% to $2.31 in mid-morning trading on Friday, as the price of oil continues to rally on strong U.S. jobs data, and an increase in fighting in Libya.
Crude oil (WTI) is gaining by 2.40% to $51.69 per barrel and Brent crude is up by 2.35% to $57.90 per barrel this morning, according to the Bloomberg index.
Oil is in the green today following data from the Labor Department showing nonfarm jobs in the U.S. grew by a seasonally adjusted 257,000 compared to the 237,000 that economists were expecting.
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Demand for petroleum products, such as gasoline, can increase on strong employment growth as employees will often commute to work by car, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Oil prices also received a jolt as the U.S. rig count continues to fall and worry that output from Libya will decline as the fighting increases.
The country, a major Mediterranean oil producer, is under threat of breaking up as two governments and two parliaments set up to combat rival armed groups are fighting for control placing Libya's oil exports in danger, Reuters reports.
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."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$1.77 versus $0.37 in the prior year.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 144.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $34.00 million to -$15.00 million.
- Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 80.22%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 142.85% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
- PWE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: PWE Ratings Report