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Is EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) Investors’ Favorite Natural Gas and Oil Dividend Stock?

We recently compiled a list of the 13 Best Natural Gas and Oil Dividend Stocks To Buy. Since EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) is part of our list, we have analyzed the stock in detail.

Energy stocks can be hot and cold, ranging from periods of strong performance to periods of relative stagnation. These stocks attract attention from investors, particularly when oil prices surge or geopolitical tension escalates, leading to increased volatility and heightened trading activity. This is what we have seen thus far this year. Energy stocks performed well in the first four months of 2024 because of increasing oil prices. However, when oil prices began to decline in May, energy stocks also fell. The energy sector is up by nearly 7% this year so far but experienced a roughly 4% drop in the past month. As of June 7, oil prices reported their third consecutive week of decline. Investors balanced OPEC+ reassurances with recent US jobs data, which reduced the likelihood of the Federal Reserve lowering interest rates in the near future. The jobs report suggested that interest rates would remain high for an extended period, which usually reduces optimism in the oil market.

While the performance of energy stocks is influenced by oil prices to some extent, the earnings of oil refiners, storage, and transportation companies are not directly dependent on these prices, according to Rob Haworth, senior investment strategy director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. One of the main reasons for this is that these companies mainly operate on fixed margins or fee-based structures rather than being closely linked with fluctuating prices. Here are some other comments from the analyst:

“Many exploration and production companies have productive oil wells and should be able to generate solid profit margins. Since these companies tend to return capital to shareholders in the form of dividend payouts, their stocks represent an opportunity for income-orientated investors.”

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Although energy stocks experienced a rally in the initial months of the year, their behavior seems to align with past patterns, as predicted by analysts. Walter Todd, chief investment officer at Greenwood Capital Associates, said that the historical trend observed in energy stocks resembles a boom-and-bust cycle: when oil prices surge, these stocks also rise, but subsequently, a supply response triggers price declines and causes these stocks to fall. That said, US oil companies are showing greater capital discipline, resulting in higher returns and lower valuations compared to the other sectors in the market.

Though oil dominates the energy market as the largest player, natural gas also holds significant importance and plays a crucial role. It serves various purposes, including power generation, heating commercial and residential buildings, and supporting industrial activities. In addition, it is relatively inexpensive compared to other fossil fuels. Its distinctive attributes have led to an expectation of continued growth in its demand. According to a report by the International Energy Agency, global gas demand is set to increase by 2.5% in 2024, equivalent to 100 billion cubic meters (bcm). The report further mentioned that the steep decline in natural gas prices after the record highs of 2022 is contributing to the rebound in gas demand.

Many oil and gas stocks provide attractive yields, making them appealing to investors who prefer high-dividend stocks.

Is EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) Investors' Favorite Natural Gas and Oil Dividend Stock?
Is EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) Investors' Favorite Natural Gas and Oil Dividend Stock?

Our Methodology:

For this list, we first scanned Insider Monkey’s database of 920 hedge funds, as of the first quarter of 2024. Our focus was on selecting gas and oil companies that are involved in the exploration, production, transportation, or distribution of oil and gas. From this pool of companies, we identified 13 companies that prioritize distributing dividends to their shareholders and ranked them in ascending order of the number of hedge funds having stakes in them at the end of Q1 2024. Why are we interested in the stocks that hedge funds pile into? The reason is simple: our research has shown that we can outperform the market by imitating the top stock picks of the best hedge funds. Our quarterly newsletter’s strategy selects 14 small-cap and large-cap stocks every quarter and has returned 275% since May 2014, beating its benchmark by 150 percentage points. (see more details here).

EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG)

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 39

EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) is an American energy company that is engaged in the exploration of hydrocarbon. The independent oil and gas company holds a strong history of paying special dividends to shareholders. It currently offers a quarterly dividend of $0.91 per share. With a dividend yield of 3% as of June 10, EOG is one of the best dividend stocks on our list.

In the first quarter of 2024, EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) generated $1.2 billion in free cash flow, which was sufficient to fund its dividend payments of $525 million. The company’s operational execution continues to result in strong returns and the generation of cash flow. Its free cash flow during the quarter facilitated substantial returns to shareholders, all while upholding its industry-leading financial position. Artisan Partners highlighted the company’s position in the sector in its Q4 2023 investor letter. Here is what the firm has to say:

“On the downside in Q4, our two energy holdings, Schlumberger, the world’s largest oil services company, and EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG), a US shale-focused E&P company, were weak along with the broader sector. EOG is one of the highest quality operators in the E&P space. EOG has a low-cost production position with a strong reserve base, giving it an advantage versus peers. Further, EOG’s management has long focused on return on invested capital and cash flow generation, distinguishing it from many of the company’s competitors, which prioritize growth over profitability. Its commitment to return excess capital to shareholders via regular and special dividends is also highly appealing, particularly in a period of rising interest rates. The company has proven its ability to create economic value for shareholders, even over the past decade that included the toughest energy commodity environment of the last 30+ years. The company’s strong balance sheet enabled it to increase production capabilities during the prior downturn.”

EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG)’s management maintains a positive outlook for the current year, with projections indicating increased production across all of its hydrocarbon categories. Street analysts have maintained a $149.5 price target on the stock, which represents a 23% upside from its current share price. With a forward P/E ratio of 9.65, EOG appears relatively inexpensive considering its earnings, cash flow, and promising outlook.

EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE:EOG) was a part of 39 hedge fund portfolios at the end of Q1 2024, down from 42 in the previous quarter, according to Insider Monkey’s database. The stakes owned by these hedge funds have a total value of more than $606 million. Among these hedge funds, Harris Associates was the company’s leading stakeholder in Q1.

Overall, EOG ranks 10th among the best natural gas and oil dividend stocks. You can visit 13 Best Natural Gas and Oil Dividend Stocks To Buy to see other dividend stocks from the natural gas and oil sectors. While we acknowledge the potential of dividend stocks, our conviction lies in the belief that AI stocks hold greater promise for delivering higher returns, and doing so within a shorter timeframe. If you are looking for an AI stock that is as promising as NVIDIA but that trades at less than 5 times its earnings, check out our report about the cheapest AI stock.

 

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Disclosure: None. This article is originally published at Insider Monkey.