Friday, December 20, 2013

Mexico Sets Controversial Plan to Open Border to Foreign Oil Companies

Taylor Muckerman and Joel South
December 18, 2013

This segment is from Tuesday’s edition of “Digging for Value,” in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

Due to the decline in Mexico’s energy production, the government has decided to allow foreign oil companies to team up with state-owned Pemex to help right the ship. Not everyone in the country is on board, however. Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman believes that Mexico and Pemex could learn a lot from how Brazil and Petrobras (NYSE: PBR ) have handled auctions in the past considering the intimate ties between the government and its national oil company. He also believes that a more sure way to play this news from an investor’s standpoint is to invest with service companies. He highlights Ensco (NYSE: ESV ) and Hercules Offshore (NASDAQ: HERO ) . Find out why in the video below.

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