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Cheniere Energy (LNG)

The price of natural gas has more than doubled year to date. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that liquified natural gas producer Cheniere Energy is firing on all cylinders.

In Q1, revenue shot up 142% year over year to $7.5 billion. Management also lifted the company’s full-year consolidated adjusted EBITDA outlook by 17% and distributable cash flow projection by 26% at the midpoint.

As a leading player in the field, Cheniere is well-positioned for the commodities boom. The shares have already climbed 40% in 2022 to over $140 apiece.

Last Friday, JPMorgan analyst Jeremy Tonet reiterated an ‘overweight’ rating on Cheniere while raising his price target from $169 to $183 — implying potential upside of 30%.

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With oil prices rising above $100 a barrel, oil producers have served as a safe haven in an otherwise gloomy stock market.

British oil and gas giant BP, for instance, has seen its shares climb 15% in 2022. And there could be plenty of more room to run. Last month, JPMorgan analyst Christyan Malek maintained an ‘overweight’ rating on the shares and raised his price target. The new target implies potential upside of about 20%.

BP shares trade on the London Stock Exchange. But its American depository receipt — commonly known as ADR — allows investors to buy BP like any other US-traded stock.

In Q1, the oil and gas supermajor brought in $51.2 billion of revenue, up 40% from a year ago. On the negative side, BP’s decision to exit Russia in light of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine led to a pre-tax charge of $25.5 billion for the quarter.

Nextier Oilfield Solutions (NEX)

Oil producers aren’t the only companies in the energy sector worth following.

For instance, Nextier Oilfield Solutions — an oilfield service company — has also delivered extraordinary returns to investors in recent months. Year to date, the shares have skyrocketed by more than 170%.

Nextier’s business is booming.

In Q1, revenue increased 25% sequentially to $635 million, marking its fourth consecutive quarter of 25%-plus top-line growth. The company’s two operating segments — completion services and well construction/intervention services — delivered strong improvements.

For Q2, management expects sequential revenue growth of greater than 20% and substantial adjusted EBITDA margin expansion.

JPMorgan analyst Arun Jayaram has an ‘overweight’ rating on Nextier and recently raised his price target to $13 — roughly 19% above where the stock sits today.

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About the Author

Jing Pan

Jing Pan

Investment Reporter

Jing is an investment reporter for MoneyWise. Prior to joining the team, he was a research analyst and editor at one of the leading financial publishing companies in North America. An avid advocate of investing for passive income, he wrote a monthly dividend stock newsletter for the better half of the past decade. Jing holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, both from the University of Toronto.

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