Tullow Oil PLC (LON:TLW) was a big faller today after Jefferies International downgraded its rating for the mid-cap oil producer to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ as part of a review of the exploration & production sector.
The US broker also chopped its target price for Tullow to 155p, down from 250p previously, pointing out that a refinancing in 2017 “remains a risk”.
In late morning trading, Tullow shares were 4.5%, or 7p lower at 149.5p.
EnQuest downgraded too
The broker noted that the performance of EnQuest’s Kraken field in the North sea has disappointed in the first two months of production.
EnQuest shares were 3.9%, or 1p lower at 25p.
Premier Oil gets an upgrade
Jefferies pointed out that after record production in 2017, Premier Oil will see further production growth into 2018 from the Catcher field and noted that Mexico’s Zama discovery “appears a true world class find”.
But Premier Oil shares were still 3.6%, or 2p lower at 54p, reflecting a lower oil price on geopolitical concerns, despite confirming that the countdown is on for the Catcher field start-up in the North Sea.
Genel boosted by stance hike
Commenting on Genel, the broker said “Poor performance at the Taq Taq field will likely continue but the Tawke field has avoided such reservoir issues, and Peshkabir production is increasing.”