Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Stocks

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Oil & gas drilling & exploration stocks are part of basic materials stock sector. These drilling and exploration companies search for potential underground or underwater crude oil or natural gas fields, and drill and operate wells. The companies also may bring the crude oil or natural gas to the surface (this process is known as "upstream" operations).

Many of these companies are structured as trusts, limited partnerships, or limited liability corporations. The stocks also may pay higher-than-average dividend yields.

Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Companies List

The largest oil & gas drilling & exploration companies include CNOOC Ltd, Petrobras, and Cenovus Energy Inc. These companies may provide services include directional drilling, well drilling and reconditioning of oil and gas field wells.

Oil & gas drilling & exploration companies are:
    Oil & Gas Drilling Stocks
  • CNOOC Ltd. (CEO)
  • Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (PBR)
  • Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (PBR-A)
  • Cenovus Energy Inc. (CVE)
  • Concho Resources, Inc. (CXO)
  • Antero Resources Corporation (AR)
  • Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP)
  • Whiting Petroleum Corp. (WLL)
  • Transocean Ltd. (RIG)
  • Ensco plc (ESV)
  • SeaDrill Limited (SDRL)
  • Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR)
  • Vermilion Energy Inc. (VET)
  • Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (DO)
  • Noble Corporation plc (NE)
  • Memorial Resource Development Corp. (MRD)
  • Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (PTEN)
  • Enerplus Corporation (ERF)
  • Rowan Companies plc (RDC)
  • RSP Permian, Inc. (RSPP)
  • Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW)
  • Pengrowth Energy Corporation (PGH)
  • Unit Corporation (UNT)
  • Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (VNR)
  • Breitburn Energy Partners L.P. (BBEP)
  • Seadrill Partners LLC (SDLP)
  • Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (PWE)
  • Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd Ordina (AAV)
  • Transocean Partners LLC (RIGP)
  • Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (ORIG)
  • Pacific Drilling S.A. (PACD)
  • SandRidge Energy, Inc. (SD)
  • Halcon Resources Corporation (HK)
  • EV Energy Partners LP (EVEP)
  • Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG)
  • Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (MHR)
  • Bill Barrett Corp. (BBG)
  • W&T Offshore Inc. (WTI)
  • Pioneer Energy Services Corp. (PES)
  • North Atlantic Drilling Limited (NADL)
  • Ring Energy, Inc. (REI)
  • GeoPark Limited (GPRK)
  • Rex Energy Corporation (REXX)
  • Hugoton Royalty Trust (HGT)
  • TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TAT)
  • Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. (ICD)
  • Hercules Offshore, Inc. (HERO)
  • Paragon Offshore plc (PGN)
  • Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (CRT)
  • Vantage Drilling Company (VTG)
  • ECA Marcellus Trust I (ECT)
  • PostRock Energy Corporation (PSTR)
  • ZaZa Energy Corporation (ZAZA)
  • Samson Oil & Gas Limited (SSN)
  • Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc. (TRCH)

Top Performing oil & gas drilling & exploration 2015

The following is the year-to-date return of these stocks in 2015. Some of these stocks are listed in New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, etc. They may be part of international stocks listed in US stock exchange.

Top performing oil & gas drilling & exploration stocks 2015 are:
  1. Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. (NOG) 53.10%
  2. PostRock Energy Corporation (PSTR) 43.89%
  3. Independence Contract Drilling, Inc. (ICD) 34.48%
  4. ECA Marcellus Trust I (ECT) 26.91%
  5. Enerplus Corporation (ERF) 22.93%
  6. Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. (PTEN) 21.33%
  7. Concho Resources, Inc. (CXO) 21.21%
  8. CNOOC Ltd. (CEO) 17.21%
  9. Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd Ordina (AAV) 17.12%
  10. Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (CRT) 15.68%
  11. Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) 14.55%
  12. RSP Permian, Inc. (RSPP) 11.18%
  13. Atwood Oceanics, Inc. (ATW) 10.76%
  14. Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (HP) 9.53%
  15. Pengrowth Energy Corporation (PGH) 8.55%
  16. Pioneer Energy Services Corp. (PES) 8.48%
  17. Ring Energy, Inc. (REI) 7.14%
  18. Whiting Petroleum Corp. (WLL) 6.85%
  19. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (PBR) 6.16%
  20. SandRidge Energy, Inc. (SD) 5.49%
  21. TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. (TAT) 5.19%
  22. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (PBR-A) 1.85%
  23. Noble Corporation plc (NE) 0.06%
  24. Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (VNR) -0.27%

Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration Stocks Table

No.CompanyTickerCountryMarket CapPrice
1CNOOC Ltd.CEOHong Kong70.35B158.75
2Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - PetrobrasPBRBrazil50.64B7.75
3Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - PetrobrasPBR-ABrazil50.33B7.72
4Cenovus Energy Inc.CVECanada14.71B17.61
5Concho Resources, Inc.CXOUSA14.40B120.91
6Antero Resources CorporationARUSA10.28B37.35
7Helmerich & Payne, Inc.HPUSA7.87B73.08
8Whiting Petroleum Corp.WLLUSA7.21B35.26
9Transocean Ltd.RIGSwitzerland5.99B16.57
10Ensco plcESVUnited Kingdom5.54B23.66
11SeaDrill LimitedSDRLBermuda5.14B10.77
12Nabors Industries Ltd.NBRBermuda4.87B14.8
13Vermilion Energy Inc.VETCanada4.72B43.83
14Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.DOUSA4.06B29.61
15Noble Corporation plcNEUnited Kingdom3.93B16.23
16Memorial Resource Development Corp.MRDUSA3.38B17.61
17Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.PTENUSA2.93B20.02
18Enerplus CorporationERFCanada2.40B11.58
19Rowan Companies plcRDCUSA2.39B19.15
20RSP Permian, Inc.RSPPUSA2.33B27.95
21Atwood Oceanics, Inc.ATWUSA1.99B30.87
22Pengrowth Energy CorporationPGHCanada1.77B3.3
23Unit CorporationUNTUSA1.48B29.31
24Vanguard Natural Resources, LLCVNRUSA1.22B14.6
25Breitburn Energy Partners L.P.BBEPUSA1.18B5.6
26Seadrill Partners LLCSDLPUnited Kingdom1.18B12.83
27Penn West Petroleum Ltd.PWECanada1.02B2
28Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd OrdinaAAVCanada960.71M5.61
29Transocean Partners LLCRIGPUnited Kingdom953.17M13.82
30Ocean Rig UDW Inc.ORIGCyprus940.80M7.11
31Pacific Drilling S.A.PACDLuxembourg932.17M4.32
32SandRidge Energy, Inc.SDUSA928.99M1.92
33Halcon Resources CorporationHKUSA729.03M1.69
34EV Energy Partners LPEVEPUSA692.61M14.19
35Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.NOGUSA528.17M8.65
36Magnum Hunter Resources Corp.MHRUSA499.62M2.48
37Bill Barrett Corp.BBGUSA484.79M9.69
38W&T Offshore Inc.WTIUSA448.63M5.91
39Pioneer Energy Services Corp.PESUSA383.86M6.01
40North Atlantic Drilling LimitedNADLBermuda323.13M1.34
41Ring Energy, Inc.REIUSA289.58M11.25
42GeoPark LimitedGPRKChile268.87M4.6
43Rex Energy CorporationREXXUSA238.77M4.32
44Hugoton Royalty TrustHGTUSA231.60M5.79
45TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd.TATUSA212.57M5.67
46Independence Contract Drilling, Inc.ICDUSA172.90M7.02
47Hercules Offshore, Inc.HEROUSA132.80M0.81
48Paragon Offshore plcPGNUSA131.70M1.54
49Cross Timbers Royalty TrustCRTUSA117.72M19.62
50Vantage Drilling CompanyVTGUSA103.40M0.33
51ECA Marcellus Trust IECTUSA67.27M3.82
52PostRock Energy CorporationPSTRUSA32.94M5.18
53ZaZa Energy CorporationZAZAUSA20.69M1.56
54Samson Oil & Gas LimitedSSNAustralia20.04M1.54
55Torchlight Energy Resources, Inc.TRCHUSA7.82M0.34

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