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March 19, 2010 08:57 ET

Oil and Gas: Stepping Up on the Back of Economic Re-Acceleration

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - - Oil has been one of the most volatile commodities in the materials strata and has seen a stratospheric rise and a sharp nosedive over the past couple of years. After bottoming at around USD $30 per barrel, the commodity has forged its way back to the USD $80 per barrel on the back of re-acceleration in the global industrial activity. Massive stimuli from governments across the globe have helped the commodity gain ground over the past one year. The recuperation has been majorly shouldered by Asian economies like China and India who are already seeing robust industrial activity and continue to import this commodity in large quantities. At the same time industrial recovery in developed countries on the back of coordinated efforts from various governments is also providing a supporting hand to the positive performance of the commodity.

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These developments, after one of the most dreadful recessions in the economic history of the world, have already led the OPEC to raise its demand forecasts for 2010. Going forward the outlook for oil prices seem to be robust as effects of huge government spending would continue to trickle down and result in output expansion and growth in industrial activity. Moreover, OPEC's decision to keep production steady would also provide a good upside for firmer prices as reacceleration in global economic activity gathers speed. 2010 projects to be an interesting time for companies like Pengrowth Energy Trust (NYSE: PGH) and StatoilHydro ASA (NYSE: STO). Direct & free downloadable reports of the intensive research are available by signing up now at  or

One of our picks in the sector include Pengrowth Energy Trust, and if one looks at its price trend over the past one year, it can be observed that the company has successfully tracked the recuperation in oil prices and has boosted returns on investments. The company operates as an investment trust, with both direct and indirect exposure to oil and gas production and exploration activities. The company which is headquartered in Canada boasts of a robust reserve base worth 323.5mn barrels worth of oil equivalents. The company funds its activities by issuing investable units and provides a sound and stable income stream to its investors. Register now at to view the full report on this company.

Another enticing pick from the sector includes STATOIL ASA which is a pure integrated oil and gas play. The company has footprints over 40 countries and also sports a diversified array of oil and gas assets. Being one of the major suppliers of natural gas to the European region the company commands a strong 15% market share in the region. The company operates across all the streams of Oil and Gas activity from exploration to all the way down to marketing. Given the company's exposure to emerging and high-potential assets in Caspian Sea, West Africa and the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, it remains one of the most stable plays in the oil and gas segment. Sign up today at to access the full report on this company.

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