Pre-Market Pulse on Independent Oil & Gas Stocks -- Occidental Petroleum, Callon Petroleum, Newfield Exploration, and Canadian Natural Resources

Jul 20, 2016, 08:20 ET from Chelmsford Park SA

NEW YORK, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

To cope with lower crude prices, Independent Oil and Gas companies are adjusting their operating models and raising cash in order to stay afloat. Ahead of today's trading session, directs investors' attention to the following four equities: Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY), Callon Petroleum Co. (NYSE: CPE), Newfield Exploration Co. (NYSE: NFX), and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (NYSE: CNQ). Learn more about these stocks by accessing their free notes at:

Occidental Petroleum 

On Tuesday, Houston, Texas headquartered Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s stock recorded a trading volume of 2.26 million shares and ended the day 0.52% lower at $76.37. The Company's shares have gained 1.89% in the last one month, 3.02% over the previous three months, and 15.30% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 1.22% and 8.39%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Occidental Petroleum, which engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 53.39.

On July 07th, 2016, research firm Raymond James downgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Strong Buy' to 'Outperform'.

On July 14th, 2016, Occidental Petroleum announced that its Board of Directors has authorized an increase of the company's dividend to an annual rate of $3.04 per share, from the previous annual rate of $3.00 per share. Occidental has increased its dividend every year for 14 consecutive years, and a total of 15 times during that period, said President and CEO Vicki A. Hollub. The total increase in the annual dividend rate from 2002 exceeds 500%, he added. Occidental has paid quarterly dividends continuously since 1975. The current quarterly dividend will be payable on October 14th, 2016, to stockholders of record as of September 9th, 2016. See our complete notes on OXY at:

Callon Petroleum 

Natchez, Mississippi headquartered Callon Petroleum Co.'s stock finished yesterday's session 1.20% lower at $11.51, and with a total volume of 1.96 million shares traded. The Company's shares have surged 29.04% over the previous three months and 38.01% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 0.32% and 28.03%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Callon Petroleum, which acquires, explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin in West Texas, have an RSI of 48.73.

On July 11th, 2016, research firm KLR Group initiated coverage with a 'Buy' rating, issuing a target price of $17 on the Company's stock.

On July 12th, 2016 Callon Petroleum announced that it will host a conference call on August 9th, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss its second quarter financial and operating results. The Company plans to release second quarter 2016 results after market close on August 8th, 2016. The complimentary notes on CPE can be accessed at:

Newfield Exploration 

At the closing bell on Tuesday, shares in The Woodlands, Texas headquartered Newfield Exploration Co. fell 1.68%, ending the day at $43.81. The stock recorded a trading volume of 1.63 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 9.14% in the last one month, 19.90% over the previous three months, and 34.55% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 6.43% above its 50-day moving average and 24.37% above its 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Newfield Exploration, which engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States, have an RSI of 55.49.

On June 21st, 2016, Newfield Exploration released an interim operations update and raised production expectations for the second quarter and full-year 2016. Second quarter 2016 net production for the Company is now expected to exceed the mid-point of guidance by approximately 0.5 Million Barrels of Oil Equivalents (mmboe) and is estimated to be about 15.2 mmboe from the previous range of 14.4 - 14.9 mmboe. Full-year 2016 net production is now expected to be 56.0 - 58.0 mmboe from the earlier announced range of 54.5 - 56.5 mmboe.

On July 11th, 2016, research firm RBC Capital Markets reiterated its 'Outperform' rating with an increase of the target price to $48 a share from $45 a share for the Company's stock. Register for free on and access the latest notes on NFX at:

Canadian Natural Resources 

Calgary, Canada headquartered Canadian Natural Resources Ltd's stock ended the day 0.81% lower at $31.81 and with a total volume of 1.26 million shares traded. The Company's shares have gained 8.20% in the last month, 6.62% over the previous three months, and 47.58% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 6.99% above its 50-day moving average and 27.77% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Canadian Natural Resources, which acquires, explores for, develops, produces, markets, and sells crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids, have an RSI of 60.12.

On June 07th, 2016, Canadian Natural announced that it has completed its previously announced plan of arrangement under which shareholders of record of the Company received 0.02 of a common share of PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. for each Canadian Natural's common share held on the record date for the Arrangement, or a cash equivalent, depending on the number of Canadian Natural's common shares held.  Prior to the completion of the arrangement, Canadian Natural owned and controlled approximately 19.5% of the issued and outstanding PrairieSky's shares. As a result of the Arrangement, Company's ownership percentage, directly or indirectly, has decreased to 9.9% of the current issued and outstanding PrairieSky Shares. Get free access to your notes on CNQ at:

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