Vacation Tuesday

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Touring Texas and can report that it is still hot and the roads are fairly crowded despite AAA calling for a 2.5% reduction in traffic due to higher prices at the pump. I'll be monitoring and will check in from time to time as the rest of what should be a quiet week passes. Anticipation of Nonfarm payrolls on Friday should keep a lid on further significant near term upside in the group.

The quick data points

Jerome is calling the market overbought

Oil and natural gas are up slightly early with WTI trading above pre SPR release levels.

Ghaddafi and the rebels have reportedly been in talks for several weeks - not expecting any immediate resolution as the sticking point is Ghaddafi staying or going and he so far will no go. Could lead to some volatility this week if rumors of resolution do get stirred up.

Barron's watch - story about $150 oil http://www.businessinsider.com/the-case-for-150-oil-2011-7?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

Weather watch - same CDDs as the prior week at 64. This week's forecast jumps to 90 CDDs

Stuff We Care About Today

SSN to participate in those 2 CHK Niobrara Goshen County, WY wells for a 25% WI - provides extra 4Q catalysts and derisking, assuming the wells are good, of SSN's southern exposure in the play.

75 Responses to “Vacation Tuesday”

  1. 1
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Credit Markets a little red about the gills this morning. US 2yr swap rate (the current “fave” indicator) is about 1 bps wider at +25.3 bps.

    TED moving a little wider too at +23.3 (because US 3mo treasuries are rallying, not because LIBOR is higher).

    Investment Grade credit index +1 1/4 bps wider.

    High Yield credit index +5 bps wider.

    Oil higher… US$ higher… equities not sure how they want to open up. But credit has a slightly sour face on, pre-equities opening.

  2. 2
    Zorgnak Says:

    S&P Futures Near support and overnight low in the 1329-30 area. Near Resistance in the 1335.25 area.

    1337.75 Acceptance, Minor CHVN, O/N High
    1335.25 Resistance, CLVN, Friday VPOC
    1329-30 Support, CLVN, O/N Low
    1319 Support, CLVN
    1315 Support,CLVN
    1310.25 Support, CLVN
    1308 Major Acceptance-Congestion


  3. 3
    Zorgnak Says:

    Crude…Testing Resistance at 96…very low volume area above to 98.50 leaves room for quick move higher. Major acceptance below at 95

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    milepost_43 Says:

    TGA..+10%ish..acquires 50% interest/operator of Western Desert concession with a +1,500bpd discovery well and 3D seismic…new slide show up…

    long a few Sept calls….waiting on Mar calls to arrive for some leverage….

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    Zorgnak Says:

    JB…any thoughts on CLNE…looks to be bottoming to me…breaking higher now

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    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Eco News = we get Factory Orders for May at 10am. Estimate is for up 1.0%. Don’t know if it will be a Market Mover… but it’s summer trading volume, so you never know what will push stocks one way… or the other.

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    Zorgnak Says:

    Crude thru 96 resistance…moving up easily

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    Zorgnak Says:

    Econ report 6 minutes….Factory Orders

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    Jerome Blank Says:

    Good morning Zorg, if the macro mkt cooperates, thinking CLNE might try for $14, this reveres CLNE back into X’s on the current P&F sell signal and retests the bottom side of the 200 day SMA resistance zone, a consolidation off the 200 day could set up the next move higher….

  10. 10
    Zorgnak Says:

    thanks..JB…long here

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    Jerome Blank Says:

    SWN trying to break higher, energy overall looks to have relative strength this morning…

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    elduque Says:

    GDP lagging behind its brethern

  13. 13
    Zorgnak Says:

    factory orders in line with expectations

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    Zorgnak Says:

    laggard ATPG coming back to life

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    mattlee Says:

    OT: CIGX

    “TheStreetSweeper has just published the second story in a big investigative report on Star Scientific (Nasdaq: CIGX), following up its original article on the generously valued – and heavily promoted – stock with an extensive review of its CEO Jonnie Williams and his past history of regulatory scrutiny and failed medical companies.”

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    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Thanks, mattlee. Even without looking, I can tell you that the “past history of regulatory scrutiny and failed medical companies” is very old news. From (something like) 17 yrs ago. I have heard the explanation behind those events several years ago. I am satified with the explanation.

  17. 17
    Popeye Says:

    CIGX competitor getting bad press.

    New research suggests that side effects of Chantix could significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events; …

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    cargocult Says:

    Here is a link to NYT’s article on new shale oil finds in Argentina. EOG one of the players there.


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    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    OT: CIGX + TheStreetSweeper = absolutely no “new” news. Read every word. Know the history.

    What is not mentioned = Paul Perito’s solid gold reputation… along with JohnsHopkins and Roskamp. Also heard about many of the comments coming from the group of Flint, Michigan doctors, testing the RCP-006 compound on patients with thyroditis here. Those doctors don’t care a whit about Jonnie Wms… whether he was a Saint, or a Devil over the years. They just know that they are seeing something that works on inflammation… with no known side affects. Pisa, Italy study also commenced recently…

    While RCP-006 and CiGRX may not be the “magic bullet” that Pat Cox speaks so breathlessly about… it is not a scam. And I has been in the works at Star for at least 6 yrs… not exactly an “overnight discovery.”

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    elduque Says:

    JB – Which stocks have given you a new buy signal.

  21. 21
    Jerome Blank Says:

    CIGX stays on its above the P&F trendline buy signal until a print of $4, daily ascending triangle trendline support and the 50 day SMA provide a confluence of technical support at $4.28

  22. 22
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Thanks, JB. voted!

  23. 23
    Jerome Blank Says:

    eld…the freshest P&F buy signals are in order, GPOR, MMR and RRC

    Check out the SWN P&F chart…

    BOP, thank you….

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    Jerome Blank Says:

    HAL also looks really good right now…

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    elijahwc Says:

    SYRG – New CFO, Jennings, mentioned in a Barron’s hit article as coming from GORO. Guilt by association type of piece although he clearly escaped. So just FYI.


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    Justin Says:

    Anybody still following TAT? It’s taking a deserved whipping. But I have to think there is substantial value in developing Selmo and getting the Thrace gas wells on the second license in production and hooked up to the pipeline.

  27. 27
    elijahwc Says:

    Also, should note that NOV acquired AMN today for $85 a share.

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    elduque Says:

    Thanks JB, Voted

  29. 29
    elduque Says:

    Justin. I am long at 2.14. I agree with your thoughts.

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    crysball Says:

    Re: ATPG
    Over the weekend Egypt reported the Gas Pipeline to Israel & Jordan has been cut [3rd time in 2 months].

    Perhaps Israel will become more reasonable in speeding the development of Offshore deposits ….which ATPG is attempting to do…….however Israel is asking for ONEROUS costs to do so.

    Whether it is theUS Gov’t in the GOM or Israeli Government in offshore Israel ATPG seems to have hard luck.

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    Zorgnak Says:

    #30….It’s the poster child for the slippery slope of hope……

  32. 32
    elijahwc Says:

    Posted this up over the week-end. Interesting article that highlights the regulatory requirements of re-allowing hydraulic fracking. Also, the clean energy group below would welcome any additional names.


    It’s a New York state of mind


  33. 33
    elijahwc Says:

    Jeffery Gundlach, Doubleline Capital, the great bond manager I thought was going to be on Strategy Session in on now.

  34. 34
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    MHR = back to a 7-handle… warms the cockels of my heart.

  35. 35
    elijahwc Says:

    Interesting article w/a tribute to CRR toward the end:

    Scientists offer new material to aid in natural gas ‘fracking’


  36. 36
    elduque Says:

    What is a cockel?

  37. 37
    tomdavis12 Says:

    Eli: Been adding to the MHR.D right here $48.10. Thanks again.

  38. 38
    elijahwc Says:

    Here is the Leon Cooperman we wanted to see last week. Leon Cooperman on stock picking and his stock picks:


  39. 39
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    #36 — a bivalve… very good with butter and garlic. 🙂

  40. 40
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    KOG — think a few shorts got caught in the room… while the rest headed out the door last week. Feeling heated bivalves again…

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    mimster90 Says:

    thanks eli for #38

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    bathtime Says:

    OT: CIGX. Streetsweeper may have closed their puts:


  43. 43
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    OT: bathtime — thanks for pointing that out. Problem with writing a “Kill Bill” piece on CIGX is that they can either point to NO REVENUES or Jonnie’s past. There just isn’t much else to hang your short hat on. So pretty much as I expected the attack to be. Glad to see they didn’t try to post any lies. Everything they said was (basically) true. Just told the story from the short-side, watching it unfold in the rear-view mirror.

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    skimo Says:

    42 OT the proof will be whether we see goat pasture Herb on cnbc bashing the stock.

  45. 45
    tomdavis12 Says:

    BOP: Just sold CIGX Aug 4.5 puts @ .98. Hope I get put the stock.

  46. 46
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Tomdavis — thanks for sharing!

  47. 47
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Some interesting comments from XACS#1 from earlier this morning —


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    1520sbroad Says:

    #32 – Marcellus – I was on the road this weekend retrieving kids from camp in western NY state. Drove thru northeastern PA and the southern tier of NY and saw 20+ trucks with loads of drill pipe. Stopped for gas in Wind Gap PA and asked the guy behind the counter if he had seen any gas industry activity. He then reeled off a list of 3 relatives who all either signed leases or who now work in the gas business.

  49. 49
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    WindRiver – I have no doubt they will be able to raise that $2mm to fill the near-term operations gap. Not done yet… but suspect we will be able to tell (by the stock price action) when it is done. Like that there are near-term operational catalysts on this micro-mini-teensy midget. Another reason to stick around during the Lazy Days of Summer.

  50. 50
    elduque Says:

    EOG is another stock not feeling any love.

  51. 51
    elduque Says:

    Nat Gas having a nice bounce after they tried to sell it off.

  52. 52
    skimo Says:

    Tropical Storm Risk forecast from University College, London.

  53. 53
    mimster90 Says:

    re 49. I have a buy order just sitting on Windriver a bit above .30 for the last several days. Doesn’t someone need some summer pizza and beer money?

  54. 54
    crysball Says:

    Re : GEVO & TKOI

    IMHO, Both are fascinating and not Off Topic Energy companies, which Z’s audience here would find of interest….and also show some diversity as far as the gamut of energy companies being adressed.

    Would recommend GEVO first as they are further along and in the scaling up process.

    If Z is amenable suggest we submit a list of questions to you & Z we would like addressed in the CEO chat.

  55. 55
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    crys — thanks for doing all that legwork! Not saying GEVO and TKOI are buy-able “right-here/right-now” (and not saying they are not)… but AM saying that they are worth discussing. And we can get them to talk to us (the way Wind River so graciously did). And ya always learn “sumptin” from listening to a CEO chat. Thanks again. With z’s permission, I’ll go to work on it.

  56. 56
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Also, GEVO had a little blurb in the L.A. Times this weekend. Co-founder is geeky… but pretty cute.


  57. 57
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    GEVO — I will be out of town next week… but can tentatively get GEVO to talk to us (call in number + power point presentation… like WVR) a week from today. Tuesday, July 12th. Need to run this by z and nail down the details… so stay tuned.

  58. 58
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    mrkt takes a step down on Moody’s downgrade of Portugal.

    HeadTrader says “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

  59. 59
    jim bob is my jesus Says:

    This is the first rating of Portugal to hit non investment grade.

  60. 60
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    #58 — not saying it isn’t negative… just saying it wasn’t unexpected.

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    crysball Says:


    Select Semisub drilling contractor for 2 wells in Block 5 [Shallow Offshore] Angola July 2011 may defer announcement until Q2/2011 CC.

    Frac completion of Granite Wash* Buffalo Wallow] Initial well, log well, & production flow test of drilling results of 1st well[ late July 2011 may defer announcement to Q2/2011 CC.

    Granite Wash* Initial well goes on Production (connected to pipeline) Sept. 2011

    Granite Wash* Additional Leasehold Announcements (if 1st well is successful)
    And drilling plan for additional well)s).late July 2011 may defer announcement to Q2 CC.

    Announce Results of June meeting with Etame partners regarding Etame Concession Development plan (see below) Q2 CC
    • Completion of bolt-on well slot [Ebouri platform] previously announced.
    but not yet completed]
    • SE Etame /N. Tschibala build & Install new production platform [[12-15 month lead-time]
    • Firm well drilling schedule for Etame [beginning Q4/11]
    o 4th Dev. Well for Ebouri Platform [1st of 3 to begin inQ4]
    o 3rd Dev. Well S. Tchibala [2nd of 3 to begin inQ1/12]
    o Exploration well N. Tchibala [Dentale Sands] [ 3rd of 3 to begin inQ1/12]
    • Completion of bolt-on well slot Avouma/S.Tchibala platform and addition of switchgear and generating capacity and water removal [prior to drilling development well in Q1 /12. January 2012
    • Capex commitment to design & build a new Production Platform to tap both SE Etame & N. Tchibala fields ………lead time to install is approx 15 months.

    Semisub Drilling 1st (of 2) Block 5 shallow water Exploration well commences Offshore Angola late Nov./ early Dec. 2011

    Drilling of 2nd (of 2) Block 5 shallow water Exploration well commences Offshore Angola Q1/12 2012

    Drilling of 1st Bakken light (Montana) Well commences [middle Bakken target] Dec. 2011

    Drilling of Mutamba [onshore Gabon] well with Total a 25 day well from spud]…….Vaalco has 100% drilling carry & 50% WI late Q1 / 2012
    Announce Angola Block 5 JV partner [note Sonoongal has agreed to pick up the 40 % cash call if a partner is not selected by time 1st well drilling commences] Q3 /2011 CC

    Announce Results of Exploration Drilling of the first 2 Angola prospects and plans for further development Q1 CC 2012

    • Gabon Etame Seismic work for new prospects near shore [previously delayed]
    • Exploration well Elili prospect~requires Semisub, and would logically be drilled as a tag-on to the Angola wells………but partners may not approve.

    • JV with a cash strapped small player in the Montana Bakken and / or Granite Wash to obtain a much larger acreage position………..Vaalco will be the operator.

    OTHER EVENTS POSSIBLE [but unlikely]
    • Increasing topside fluid processing capability of FPSO [to 35,000barrels of fluid and 30,000 BOPD]………NOT likely because of implications for Gas Flare. Also by putting water knockout on the production platforms it reduces the water removal load on the FPSO.

    General Notes & Caveats:
    • Expect Vaalco will become much more aggressive in domestic US Capex spending, especially if initial wells in the Granite Wash and Montana Bakken are successful. This is driven in part by the frustrations of moving the partners in Gabon to spend capex on Etame, and the delays in getting Angola Block 5 Shallow Offshore drilling started.
    • If Angola l Block 5 is successful a subsea completion is anticipated, however, an FPSO would be required to produce the field(s)** and this would take approximately 24 months from date of successful exploratory drilling of 2 wells(note 1 well would likely not produce enough flow to justify an FPSO).

    *Permian Basin Hemphill County, TX
    ** While technically possible, it may not be economically feasible to produce a single Angola well using a floating barge(s).

  62. 62
    Jerome Blank Says:

    KOG will revert back into X’s on the current buy signal at $6.50..

  63. 63
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    KOG — CFO on the tape… reporting purchase of 10,000 shares last Thursday at $5.75.

  64. 64
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    KOG CFO vs The Shorts.

    My money is on the insider.

  65. 65
    Dillon Says:

    BOP – where do you get your up to date info? I’m not seeing the 10000 share buy on yahoo or scottrade. (I know they aren’t the best sources)

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    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    Dillon — bloomberg “WSA” news feed usually picks it up as soon as the form 4 is filed.

  67. 67
    Dillon Says:

    Thanks BOP – I’m guessing that one comes with a nice price tag as well

  68. 68
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    “Monopoly pricing.” Yes.

  69. 69
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    But I share the info for free. 🙂

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    elijahwc Says:

    Z behaving quite well today. Petra and the interns must being sitting in on his continuing ed class at the Schlitterbahn and making sure that he takes copious notes


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    Dillon Says:

    Yes and for that you are greatly appreciated BOP. A little backdoor ticket if you will.

    An interesting OT story – SPIN.PK There is a CC on their website that explains what this little company does in detail…They basically fund spinal and vertebrate work up front before a settlement is reached with lawyers and the insurance co’s from any kind of spinal injury. CEO (and highly respected spinal surgeon) has large holdings and is continously adding to fund the co. He has done this plan successfully (sold last co for $11/share) before and is on track to do it again.

  72. 72
    Dillon Says:

    re 71 – CEO is funding the co in early stages currently until they have the desirable amount of clinics in place. They are already turning profits and topline and bottomline is growing. Revenues are starting to really show up now since these insurance settlements typically take 6-8 months to settle.

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    andy Says:

    bop – just wanted u to know i was thinking about u. Am in ireland on a golf trip and near my hotel they had a birds of prey show. naturally thought of u and went to show. highly entertaining and very informative. had perrin, falcon, hawk, owl, vulture, eagle and more.
    then after golf today come back and discover love affair for KOG and others. life is good!!

  74. 74
    BirdsofpreyRcool Says:

    andy — wow! Thanks for sharing.

    Have to ask tho… didn’t you think the birds were just too COOL????

    Oh… and the KOG rebound was pretty nice too (CFO bought on the backs of the short manipulation… love that… and real, honest-to-goodness evidence that — yes, Virgina, the end-of-month-mark really CAN be manipulated).

    Enjoy the rest of your trip… and Mind The Bunny Holes!!

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    zman Says:

    Thanks for the updates gang. I’m limited to thumb typing at the moment but will comment on some today’s comments in a post tomorrow.

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