15 Energy Stocks Analysts Love the Most in 2017

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There are more than 450 energy companies traded on public markets. Given the sheer number of pipeline companies, power plant operators, oil and gas production companies and other energy stocks, it can be hard to identify which energy companies are going to outperform the market.

Fortunately, Wall Street's brightest minds have already done this for us. Every year, analyst issue approximately 8,000 distinct recommendations for energy companies. Analysts don't always get their "buy" ratings right, but it's worth taking a hard look when several analysts from different brokerages and research firm are giving "strong buy" and "buy" ratings to the same energy stock.

This slide show lists the 15 energy companies that have the highest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

#1 - Kimbell Royalty (NYSE:KRP)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.2
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $21.33 (30.5% Upside)

Kimbell Royalty logoKimbell Royalty Partners, LP owns and acquires mineral and royalty interests in oil and natural gas properties throughout the United States. As of December 31, 2015, the Company owned mineral and royalty interests in approximately 3.7 million gross acres and overriding royalty interests in approximately 0.9 million gross acres, with approximately 44% of its acres located in the Permian Basin. As of December 31, 2015, the Company's mineral and royalty interests were located in 20 states and in every onshore basin across the continental United States, and included ownership in over 48,000 gross producing wells, including over 29,000 wells in the Permian Basin. The Company's properties include Permian Basin, Mid-Continent, Terryville/Cotton Valley/Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Barnett Shale/Fort Worth Basin, Bakken/Williston Basin, San Juan Basin, Onshore California, DJ Basin/Rockies/Niobrara, Illinois Basin and others.

#2 - Oasis Midstream Partners (NYSE:OMP)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 8 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $21.86 (18.1% Upside)

Oasis Midstream Partners logoOasis Midstream Partners LP is a master limited partnership company. The Company is formed to own, develop, operate and acquire a diversified portfolio of midstream assets in North America that are integral to the oil and natural gas operations exclusively within the Williston Basin. The Company’s midstream services include gas gathering, compression, processing and gas lift services; crude gathering, stabilization, blending, storage and transportation services; produced water gathering and disposal services; and freshwater distribution services. The Company operates in two primary areas include Wild Basin and Outside of the Wild Basin.

#3 - Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure (NYSE:SOI)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $17.45 (-4.4% Upside)

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure logoSolaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc. manufactures and provides its mobile proppant management systems that unload, store and deliver proppant at oil and natural gas well sites. The Company offers its services to oil and natural gas exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as oilfield service companies. Its mobile proppant system is designed to address the challenges associated with transferring large quantities of proppant to the well site, including the cost and management of last mile logistics. Its systems provide 2.5 million pounds of proppant storage capacity. The Company manufactures its systems at its facility in Early, Texas, The Company’s system provides Streamlined last mile logistics and Improved execution to meet completion designs. Its systems provide triple the storage capacity, such as trailer-mounted, hydraulically powered storage bins. Its integrated PropView system delivers real-time proppant inventory and consumption levels.

#4 - Earthstone Energy (NYSE:ESTE)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 10 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.80 (56.4% Upside)

Earthstone Energy logoEarthstone Energy, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company. The Company is also engaged in corporate mergers and the acquisition of oil and natural gas properties that have production and future development opportunities. Its operations are all in the upstream segment of the oil and natural gas industry and all its properties are onshore in the United States. The Company's reserve portfolio primarily consists of assets in the Midland Basin of west Texas, the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas and in the Williston Basin of North Dakota. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres in the Midland Basin, located in Howard, Glasscock, Martin and Midland Counties. As of December 31, 2016, it also has approximately 21,000 net leasehold acres in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas. In the Williston Basin of North Dakota, it had approximately 5,900 net leasehold acres, as of December 31, 2016.

#5 - Braskem (NYSE:BAK)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Braskem logoBraskem S.A. produces thermoplastic resins. The Company's segments are Basic petrochemicals, Polyolefins, Vinyls, the United States and Europe, and Chemical distribution. It is also engaged in the import and export of chemicals, petrochemicals and fuels, the production, supply and sale of utilities such as steam, water, compressed air, industrial gases, the provision of industrial services, and the production, supply and sale of electric energy. It also invests in other companies, either as a partner or as shareholder. It operates over 40 industrial units, over 30 of which are located in the Brazilian states of Alagoas, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paulo; over five are located in the United States, in the states of Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, and over two are located in Germany, in the cities of Wesseling and Schkopau. These units produce thermoplastic resins–polyethylene, polypropylene and polyvinyl chloride, as well as basic petrochemicals.

#6 - Daqo New Energy (NYSE:DQ)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 2 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $52.50 (12.1% Upside)

Daqo New Energy logoDaqo New Energy Corp. is a polysilicon manufacturer. The Company utilizes the chemical vapor deposition process, or the modified Siemens process, to produce polysilicon. The Company's segments include Polysilicon and Wafer. The Company manufactures and sells polysilicon to photovoltaic product manufacturers, whereby the polysilicon is processed into ingots, wafers, cells and modules for solar power solutions. The Company offers ready-to-use polysilicon, packaged to meet crucible stacking, pulling and solidification needs. The Company offers wafers through its downstream photovoltaic product manufacturing business. The Company also provides wafer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) service to external customers through tolling agreements by processing polysilicon to produce ingot and wafer. Its annual capacity for polysilicon is approximately 12,150 metric tons (MT) in Xinjiang. The Company's wafer manufacturing annual capacity is approximately 90 million pieces.

#7 - Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 11 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $33.73 (13.6% Upside)

Williams Companies logoThe Williams Companies, Inc. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company is focused on connecting North America's hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and olefins. As of December 31, 2016, its interstate gas pipelines, midstream and olefins production interests were held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ). The Company's segments include Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services and Other. The Williams Partners segment includes its consolidated master limited partnership, WPZ. The gas pipeline business includes interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments. The midstream business provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and compression services. The Williams NGL & Petchem Services segment includes its Texas Belle pipeline and certain other domestic olefins pipeline assets. Other segment includes its corporate operations and Canadian construction services company.

#8 - Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE:EPD)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 13 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $30.88 (18.5% Upside)

Enterprise Products Partners logoEnterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise) is a provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products in North America. The Company's segments include NGL Pipelines & Services; Crude Oil Pipelines & Services; Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The Company's midstream energy operations include natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage, and import and export terminals, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals, and related services, and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems.

#9 - Wildhorse Resource Development (NYSE:WRD)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 3.0
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $20.82 (24.7% Upside)

Wildhorse Resource Development logoWildHorse Resource Development Corporation is a holding company. The Company is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is focused on the acquisition, exploitation, exploration and development of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) resources in the United States. Its assets are characterized by concentrated acreage positions in Southeast Texas and North Louisiana with multiple producing stratigraphic horizons, or stacked pay zones, and single-well rates of return. In Southeast Texas, it operates in Burleson, Lee and Washington Counties where it primarily targets the Eagle Ford Shale (Eagle Ford Acreage), which is an active shale trends in North America. In North Louisiana, the Company operates in and around the Terryville Complex, where it primarily targets the overpressured Cotton Valley play (North Louisiana Acreage). The Company's subsidiaries include WildHorse Resources II, LLC (WildHorse) and Esquisto and Acquisition Co.

#10 - Lonestar Resources US (NASDAQ:LONE)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 6 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $8.49 (152.0% Upside)

Lonestar Resources US logoLonestar Resources Limited is an Australia-based oil and gas exploration and production company. The Company is involved in the exploration, production and acquisition of unconventional oil and gas reserves. It holds interests in approximately 38,191 net acres in the Eagle Ford Shale, Bakken and Three Forks plays. The Eagle Ford Shale position includes approximately 25,864 gross (23,079 net) acres in over seven Texas counties. The Company's properties in the Eagle Ford Shale are divided into approximately three regions, such as Western Eagle Ford (consisting of Dimmit, La Salle and Frio Counties), Central Eagle Ford (consisting of Gonzales and Wilson Counties) and Eastern Eagle Ford (consisting of Brazos and Robertson Counties). Its operations in the Williston Basin are focused on the Roosevelt County, Montana. It holds a position in the Williston Basin in the form of its West Poplar asset, which spans over 32,625 net acres in the Bakken and Three Forks plays in the Roosevelt County.

#11 - Peabody Energy (OTCMKTS:BTUUQ)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.3
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $32.00

Peabody Energy logoPeabody Energy Corporation is a coal company, which is engaged in the mining of thermal coal for sale primarily to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers. Its mining operations are located in the United States and Australia. Its segments are Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. It also markets and brokers coal from other coal producers, both as principal and agent, and trades coal and freight-related contracts through trading and business offices in Australia, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Its other energy-related commercial activities include participating in operations of a mine-mouth coal-fueled generating plant, managing its coal reserve and real estate holdings, evaluating Btu Conversion projects and supporting the development of clean coal technologies.

#12 - Penn Virginia (NASDAQ:PVAC)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $52.00 (53.2% Upside)

Penn Virginia logoPenn Virginia Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the onshore exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas in the United States. The company primarily operates wells in the Eagle Ford Shale field in South Texas. It also has operations in the Granite Wash in Oklahoma. As of December 31, 2016, the company had total proved reserves of approximately 50 million barrels of oil equivalent; and 431 gross productive wells, as well as owned approximately 130,000 gross acres of leasehold and royalty interests. Penn Virginia Corporation was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

#13 - Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 16 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $39.68 (50.0% Upside)

Noble Energy logoNoble Energy, Inc. is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration, development, production and acquisition. The Company's segments include: United States, including the onshore DJ Basin, Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Marcellus Shale and offshore deepwater Gulf of Mexico, as well as the consolidated accounts of Noble Midstream Partners LP (Noble Midstream Partners); Eastern Mediterranean, including offshore Israel and Cyprus; West Africa, including offshore Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and Gabon, and Other International and Corporate, including new ventures, such as offshore the Falkland Islands, Suriname and Newfoundland. The Company's portfolio of assets is diversified through the United States and international projects and production mix among crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. Its business focuses on both the United States unconventional basins and certain global conventional basins.

#14 - C&J Energy Services (NYSE:CJ)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.9
Ratings Breakdown: 12 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $40.91 (28.6% Upside)

C&J Energy Services logoC&J Energy Services, Inc. is a completion and production services company, which provides well construction, well completions and well services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Completion Services, Well Support Services and Other Services. The Company also manufactures, repairs and refurbishes equipment used in the oilfield services industry. It operates in various North American onshore basins. Its Completion Services segment includes the hydraulic fracturing services, cased-hole wireline services, coiled tubing services and other well stimulation services. Its Well Support Services segment includes services, including rig services, fluid management services and other special well site services. Other services segment includes directional drilling services, equipment manufacturing and repair, specialty chemicals sales, research and technology, and the Middle East operations, as well as cementing services.

#15 - Peabody Energy (NYSE:BTU)

Consensus Rating: Buy
Rating Score: 2.8
Ratings Breakdown: 7 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 0 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $36.25 (2.1% Upside)

Peabody Energy logoPeabody Energy Corporation is a coal company. The Company's segments include Powder River Basin Mining, Midwestern U.S. Mining, Western U.S. Mining, Australian Metallurgical Mining, Australian Thermal Mining, Trading and Brokerage, and Corporate and Other. Its Powder River Basin Mining operations consist of its mines in Wyoming. Midwestern U.S. Mining operations reflect the Company's Illinois and Indiana mining operations. Western U.S. Mining operations reflect the aggregation of the New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado mining operations. Australian Metallurgical Mining operations consist of mines in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Australian Thermal Mining operations consist of mines in New South Wales, Australia. Its Trading and Brokerage segment engages in the direct and brokered trading of coal and freight-related contracts through the trading and business offices. Its Corporate and Other includes selling and administrative expenses, and corporate hedging activities.







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