Casey Hoerth: Dec. 14, 2016 11:09 AM ET
Shell plans on between $25 billion and $30 billion in capex next year, with flexibility to the downside.
I do not expect Shell to achieve cash flow balance in 2016, even with asset sales.
I continue to recommend other energy companies over Royal Dutch Shell, until either oil prices recover more or until Shell does something else to achieve balance.
Over the course of 2016 I haven’t recommended much when it comes buying to upstream or integrated oil companies. The reason was that I felt many still weren’t doing enough to balance their money coming in versus money going out. The CEO of one of my favorite companies, in their latest analyst day, recently quipped that energy companies couldn’t afford to wait to be ‘bailed out’ by higher oil prices.