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David Messler

Contributor since: 05 Mar 2018

David Messler

Mr. Messler is an oilfield veteran, recently retired from a major service company. During his thirty-eight year career he worked on six-continents in field and office assignments. He currently maintains an independent training and consulting practice, and writes on energy related topics.

Latest articles from David

  • The Oil Wells That Will Never Recover

    Published 30 April 2020 | viewed 83,903 times

    It is very common today to read about shutting-in of producing oil and gas wells to reflect the reality there are fewer and fewer places…

  • Shale's Decline Will Make Way For The Next Big Thing in Oil

    Published 23 April 2020 | viewed 186,782 times

    This week the near term price for crude oil fell to -$37.68 per barrel. This was driven by the expiration of the May futures contract…

  • Will Trump Really Slap Tariffs On Saudi Oil?

    Published 14 April 2020 | viewed 67,443 times

    Well, it’s done and dusted. After keeping the world on the edge of its figurative seat for several days last week, OPEC+ announced a paltry…

  • When Will Oil Bounce Back?

    Published 07 April 2020 | viewed 140,101 times

    Last week saw oil move jump in the largest two-day percentage increase in history. A similar movement was seen in Brent, moving back into the…

  • How Low Could U.S. Oil Production Actually Go?

    Published 31 March 2020 | viewed 61,711 times

    The oil-bears continue their romp across the energy markets with various grades of crude reaching lows not seen in almost twenty years. There will come…

  • The Boldest Permian Plays To Watch As The Oil Market Circles The Drain

    Published 23 March 2020 | viewed 38,089 times

    Over-supplied markets like the oil market take prices in only one direction, down. We are seeing indications of a historically over-supplied market right now, so…

  • Have These High-Reward Oil Plays Become Too Risky?

    Published 18 March 2020 | viewed 27,656 times

    Pipeline Master Limited Partnerships, (MLPs) were once the darlings of the energy industry. The CEO’s of companies like Kinder Morgan, (NYSE:KMI), Energy Transfer, (NYSE:ET), and…

  • How Long Will The Oil Price War Actually Last?

    Published 12 March 2020 | viewed 101,801 times

    The last few weeks have been humbling for those of us who make prognostications about the direction the oil markets may take. Especially so for…

  • What’s Next For North American Shale?

    Published 08 March 2020 | viewed 48,668 times

    The world has become accustomed to ever-increasing production from U.S. shale reservoirs. As you can see in the chart in the next section production from…

  • Supermajors Are On The Prowl For Fresh Deals In The Permian

    Published 09 February 2020 | viewed 28,407 times

    There hasn’t been much Permian-centric M&A follow-through from last spring’s buy-out of Anadarko Petroleum by Occidental, (NYSE: OXY). At the time, the sages and pundits…

  • 5 Reasons Why Big Oil Is Here To Stay

    Published 27 January 2020 | viewed 23,283 times

    The investment case for oil companies has been under attack recently. Climate change activists know that the dividends paid by the largest of these companies…

  • This Shale Giant Is Ready For A Rebound

    Published 20 January 2020 | viewed 20,398 times

    Occidental Petroleum’s (NYSE:OXY) management has been pummeled since the deal with Anadarko Petroleum was announced last spring. Investors and stock analysts alike decried the purchase…

  • A Dark Horse Oil Stock In 2020

    Published 01 January 2020 | viewed 31,043 times

    Introduction Newpark, (NR) is an oddity in the oilfield service space. It is an independent-meaning it's not part of a big conglomerate service company, mud…

  • Another Oil Major Bails On Marcellus Shale

    Published 23 December 2019 | viewed 49,464 times

    There have been some signs the shale boom that re-energized America’s domestic energy industry a few years back, might be entering a maturing phase of…

  • Texas Driller Goes All-In On This New Oil Frontier

    Published 16 December 2019 | viewed 20,769 times

    Apache (APA) has made news in recent times largely for the potential of their Alpine High field in West Texas. The crash in everything shale…

  • An Offshore "Scavenger" Too Enticing To Ignore

    Published 29 June 2019 | viewed 12,822 times

    W&T Offshore, (WTI) is a "scavenger" of assets that have been poorly or under-developed in the past. It reaps a benefit of typically of not…

  • Is This The Best Dividend Stock In Oil & Gas?

    Published 16 June 2019 | viewed 24,714 times

    The moderating global growth story from trade tantrums, primarily between the U.S. and China, have kept a lid on the fortunes many of the Super…

  • An Opportunity In California’s Overlooked Oil Sector

    Published 08 June 2019 | viewed 23,533 times

    Berry Petroleum, (NYSE:BRY) has just emerged from a period where they were acquired for $2.5 billion by a large independent, Linn Energy- which went bankrupt…

  • This Oilfield Services Company Is Significantly Undervalued

    Published 01 June 2019 | viewed 18,074 times

    Oilfield service (OFS) companies have lost their luster, given the malaise that hangs over the oilfield service space at the present. Quite simply, the OFS…

  • This Oilfield Service Player Is Looking To Make A Comeback

    Published 25 May 2019 | viewed 18,529 times

    Introduction The collapse of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, (GoM) beginning in 2014, with no real recovery yet in sight, has spread a…

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