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Oklahoma energy stocks lead the way in first half of 2014

After a scare in the first quarter, stocks have rebounded and continued their impressive run. Among Oklahoma’s publicly traded companies, most posted gains in the first half of the year.
by Paul Monies Modified: July 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014

Oklahoma stocks had a sizzling first half of the year as energy companies led the way while the major U.S. stock market indexes continued to rise.

More than half of the publicly traded Oklahoma companies tracked by The Oklahoman posted double-digit gains in the first six months of 2014. Just six of the 41 companies had declines in that period.

Leading the way was Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc., up 68 percent this year. It was followed by Williams Co. Inc., up 51 percent, and RoseRock Midstream LP, up 41 percent.

Oklahoma City’s Continental Resources Inc., which traded at $112 per share to begin the year, rose to more than $158 by the close of the second quarter Monday. That was enough for an increase of 40 percent. Tulsa’s Helmerich & Payne Inc. is up 38 percent this year.

A couple of trusts related to SandRidge Energy Inc. for investments in the Mississippian formation had the largest declines in the first half of 2014, but they are designed to lose value as they pay out dividends to investors. Outside of those trusts, shares in Tulsa-based Apco Oil & Gas International Inc. fell 7 percent in the first half of the year. Orchids Paper Products Co. of Pryor fell by 2 percent.

The Dow Jones ended the first half of the year up 1.5 percent to 16,826.6. The technology-heavy Nasdaq rose 5.5 percent to 4,408.18, while the broader S&P 500 rose 6 percent to 1,960.23.

Jake Dollarhide, CEO of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa, said stocks got off to a rocky start in 2014 after a blistering performance in 2013.

“We almost had a full correction in the first quarter, but then the market kept going up,” Dollarhide said.

Domestic stock market indexes brushed aside global concerns from Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, as well as a slowdown in China. At home, successive lower revisions to gross domestic product numbers from the first quarter haven’t dampened investors’ enthusiasm, Dollarhide said.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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