January 12, 2015 Comments (0) Blog, Securities Fraud

Energy Debt Priced for Junk

(Last Updated On: July 17, 2015)

Financial Advisor Magazine reports that the recent plunge in oil prices is causing many traders to treat the $27 billion of investment grade energy debt as junk. “Investors are demanding more yield premium to own the debt of high-grade companies including Transocean Ltd., Noble Corp. and Continental Resources Inc. than the average for bonds with the highest junk rating, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

The global surplus of petroleum, not only led to the drop of gas prices but the decline of investor’s returns on energy-company bonds. According to Bloomberg intelligence analyst, Spencer Cutter, “… unlike the 2008 price drop, which was a result of an economic shock, this is a result of excess supply and that’s not going away.”

Financial Advisor Magazine named five companies on the precipice of junk: Continental Resources, Transocean Ltd., Noble Corp., Weatherford International Plc and Superior Energy Services Inc. According to the report, Transocean has the most debt of the five companies.

The foregoing information, which is all publicly available on FA-Mag’s website, is being provided by The White Law Group.

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