The continued strain of falling crude prices has placed many companies in the energy sector under significant pressure. From shrinking profits, endangered dividend payouts, squeezed capital expenditure budgets, and delayed projects, the energy sector, both domestic and international, has been forced to address difficult and formidable conditions not seen in many years. For investors, the sector has suffered through two consecutive years of declines as evidenced by 2013 being the last positive year for the S&P 500® Energy Sector Index.
In this seventh issue of Sector IQ: Energy, S&P Global Market Intelligence analysts delve into the factors affecting the energy sector including the glut of supply particularly in the natural gas field, the catalysts for merger and acquisition (M&A), activity and the drivers of industry risk. Additionally, the prospects for master limited partnerships (MLPs) in a capital-starved environment are profiled along with the forecasts for energy sector earnings, or lack thereof.
As S&P Capital IQ and SNL Financial are now united under the S&P Global Market Intelligence brand, we seek to provide our clients around the world with essential intelligence with which to make decisions with conviction. Our aim is that this Sector IQ: Energy report is just one example of our approach and breadth and depth of data, analysis, and sector intelligence.
Inside this issue:
- UNDER PRESSURE
- COMMODITIES | U.S. Production and Demand
- EQUITIES | Research
- EARNINGS | Research
- ESTIMATES | Energy Growth Forecast
- DEALS | M&A Activities
- INDUSTRY RISK | Market Trends
- SNL INSIGHT | Natural Gas
- ENERGY | External Perspective