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Canada Holds a Bright Future for Oil – Just Ask AOC

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Big companies dominate the sector with companies like BP (NYSE: BP), Chevron (NYSE:CVX), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A) (NYSE:RDS-B). The fundamental landscape of the Canadian oil and gas sector has undergone significant changes during the last five years. And now there are very positive signs that serve as good evidence of the continued commitment to high environmental standards and focus to sustainability. Moreover, case studies show the adaptability and resilience of the Canadian oil and gas sector to this landscape that has changed dramatically over a very short period of time. Moreover, according to Deloitte Canada, Canadian crude oil prices are expected to strengthen and natural gas prices are expected to continue to improve in 2020 and even more than during 2019.

AOC is putting all its eggs into one basked- yes, you guessed it. In Canada!

Advantagewon Oil Corp., (OTC:ANTGF) has identified numerous opportunities in Canada over the course of the last six months. And they have just announced the company has sold all of its remaining US assets to Emerald Bay Energy Inc., (OTC:EMBYF). The assets mainly comprise of 30 oil and gas leases currently producing approximately 15 bbs/day of oil. The company has received both a cash payment of Fifty Thousand Dollars (“50,000.00”) CDN and the Corporation Sixty Million (“60,000,000”) common shares of EBY which are valued at Three Hundred Thousand Dollars (“$300,000.00”) CDN. But going into further details of the deal, these shares will be held in trust by the Corporation’s assignee until the last day of the year at which point, or prior to the deadline, EBY will purchase them back for a pre-set price of $300,000.00 USD.

Moreover, if EBY would choose not to purchase back the shares it issued, all of the 60,000,000 Common Shares will then be returned to EBY’s treasury and a Royalty Structure will be formed to debut on Jan 1st, 2021. This royalty structure will pay the Corporation a maximum of Four Hundred Thousand Dollars (“$400,000.00”) USD and once the Corporation has received the $400,000.00 USD from EBY, the royalty interests will revert fully to EBY.  Additionally, the Corporation will also receive the return of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars (“$250,000.00”) USD from the Railroad Commission of Texas. Namely, this is due to a bond the Corporation had to post to the Commission as otherwise it could not commence operations in the State of Texas.

The Corporation intends on using the funds it will receive from the Railroad Commission of Texas to secure another Canadian based well and for general working capital purposes. On the beginning of the month, the company already announced it is expanding and advancing its Canadian operations by entering into an agreement whereby it acquired a working rights interest to a former operating well that has a historic production record of between 20 and 30 Barrels of Oil Per Day (“BOPD”). Along with this agreement, the company is also committed to funding and implementing a workover program with the purpose of recommissioning the well that it is acquiring. Once this initiative is complete and the well is both recommissioned and restored, the company’s working interest becomes the entire pie, 100 percent to be exact.

Why is AOC different?

When it comes to the oil industry, the majority of your business models exploit the resource and then run away. And in today’s world that is putting an emphasis on sustainability as we only have one planet to live in, this is nothing more than a poor business model. And no company should be drilling those wells if they don’t have the financial capacity to take care of the obligations they themselves created. For that reason, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled last year that insolvent or bankrupt companies must clean up their wells before paying back creditors.  It is really no different than kids playing with their toys and ­going and starting something else without cleaning up what said they’ve already made a mess of. But not AOC.

During 2019, Advantage achieved several important milestones in its focused transition phase, as demonstrated by its results that met expectations.  These achievements have positioned the Corporation for a step change in oil and condensate production in 2020, enhancing the company’s portfolio of investment opportunities while preserving its low-cost and low-risk business model. It is thanks to its expertise that the company is continuously building consistent cash flow from low cost and low risk oil wells. And after its uniquely enhanced recovery strategy is successfully applied, AOC will repeat the process throughout the oil pool to maximize output and minimize cost and risk. So it sure seems it has made all the right preparations for a good year ahead, in Canada!

US sector is eyeing new legislative sanctions regarding climate change

The oil and gas sector contributes to around $1.5 trillion to the US gross domestic product, employing about 880,000 workers. But the most important fact is that the US recently moved from being a net importer of oil and petroleum products and natural gas to a net exporter as a part of a global seismic shift in world oil and gas markets. Unfortunately, this also triggered the fact more than half of US greenhouse emissions. In 2017, a study found that only 100 companies were responsible for 70% of greenhouse emissions, we can only imagine how far this number has gone. Oil companies are forced to take actions regarding climate change but legislation, if stricter, will surely make them do it more quickly. This is also creating a problem for recruitment as more and more young people are willing to make a positive difference and for that reason shift away from the oil and gas industry due to poor practices. It is no secret the legacy of old and idle oil wells are California’s toxic multibillion dollar problem potentially threatening the health of all those nearby and handing over taxpayers quite a clean-up.

But for now, the giants are managing to stay well above water despite quite heavy industry headwinds. Exxon Mobil (NYSE:COM) shares have lagged behind their peers lately but its optimal integrated capital structure and status in the energy space have helped it come up with industry leading returns. Although the company’s chemical business underperformed with significantly lower than expected returns, it still owns some of the most prolific upstream assets globally. America’s second energy company’s, Chevron (NYSE:CVX), shares have also struggled lately along with other energy stocks but they still did better than their peers as a whole. But Chevron at least earned a status as one of the most suitable globally to achieve a sustainable production ramp-up as its existing project pipeline is the among the best in the industry. And they managed to achieve a 40% reduction in expenses since 2014. But by the looks of it, making oil companies more responsible for their footprint with stricter legislation can do quite a bit of harm to both of their upper and bottom lines.

Outlook

Canadian oil and gas companies are adapting to the new landscape as they are forced to focus on being leaner and becoming more efficient by adopting new technologies and ways of designing, structuring and operating projects, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in support of environmental sustainability. In April last year, report entitled ‘Four Years of Change’ came out by business information provider IHS Markit, showing that between 2014 and 2018, operating costs fell by more than 40 percent on average with reliability improving even up to 50 percent in some cases, and the price of oil required to cover the costs and earn a return on investment on a non-mining oil sands project was reduced from approximately US$65/bbl to the mid US$40/bbl. So, it seems that Canada might indeed be the new promised land for oil companies. And AOC is already one step ahead by adopting this awareness perspective that is clear from its strategy and consequent efforts.

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Social Media Stock That Managed to Beat the Pandemic

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Facebook Earnings News

As half of the world’s population was in voluntary self-isolation, we’ve witnessed something that we thought is only possible in movies. Fortunately, we had Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Disney Plus (NYSE:DIS) to help us cope with the lockdown. But more importantly, we had social media that kept us connected during these unprecedented times of social distancing. And unlike the global economy, these companies were everything but on a virtual standstill.

Facebook

With Amazon.com Inc’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO’s wealth increasing 30% during the pandemic, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO and founder’s wealth increased 45% to 80 billion amid the pandemic. Although Jeff Bezos wealth is valued at $147.6 billion, both gains are massive. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway’s (NYSE:BRK-A, BRK-B) Warren Buffett saw comparatively small gains of 8.2 percent and 0.8 percent. Well Buffet had the wrong bet on airlines whereas Zuckerberg introduced key new initiatives at a critical time. New program announcements such as Shops pushed Facebook’s businesses when the economy was at a virtual standstill. By launching Shops, Facebook helped many small businesses in need and this major new push into e-commerce is also helping economic recovery as we still don’t know the end of the pandemic. Etsy Inc’s (NASDAQ:ETSY) sales have doubled from three years ago and Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) which is among those of powering Shops not only became Canada’s most valuable company during the pandemic but it will only further thrive with this launch!

Facebook has taken a series of steps to ensure its user base remains intact. Although the company warned of “unprecedented uncertainty” for the future of its ad business, it witnessed a significant spike in the number of new users with nearly 3 billion people using at least one of Facebook’s apps which are mostly Instagram and WhatsApp. It comfortably surpassed estimated for its first-quarter revenues of $17.74 billion as they rose 17.6% on a year-over-year basis. Facebook delivered.

Twitter

Anyone who wants to keep up with the most recent news and tweet is active on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR). The pandemic only made this need to participate in niche communities and engage in public fora even stronger. Moreover, Twitter bravely stood up for the interest of its users against President Trump after bending to his will over and over again. This move demonstrates that Twitter has learned a few things, although critics say three years too late. On Thursday, it set the model for proper “content moderation” on its platform after Donald Trump called for violence against American citizens. Twitter has covered the tweet with a warning. Furthermore, those who were determined to read it regardless could not “like” it or reply to it, thus slowing its expansion throughout the system and somewhat limiting the madness. Shares of Twitter have risen 1.7% on a year-to-date basis. On April 30, Twitter surpassed estimates by 10% when it reported first-quarter 2020 non-GAAP earnings of 11 cents per share with revenues growing 2.6% year over year to reach $807.6 million, which also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.5%. The company’s expected earnings growth rate for next year is 43.9%. The pandemic surely helped Twitter stay relevant.

Snap

Snap (NYSE:SNAP) which also enjoyed a surge in users saw its shares jump 5% last Thursday. The company’s famous app Snapchat gained as many as 11 million daily active users during first-quarter 2020, which is a 20% rise from 2019 thus taking the total user count to 229 million. The time spent on voice and video calls grew more than 50% in late March as compared to the month-ago period. The majority of the application’s users are Generation Z which includes individuals between 13 and 24 years of age. First-quarter revenues surged 44% from the year-ago quarter to $462.5 million, beating the consensus mark by 9.1%.

Don’t dismiss Pinterest Just Yet!

Although COVID-19 has been a mixed bag for social media stock with Pinterest (NYSE:PINS) stock falling 28% since the nightmare began in February, its potential remains intact. Pinterest is a unique medium.  Unlike Amazon which gives its users what they want, Pinterest helps users discover new things in the range of their interests. This unique platform is about discovering and getting inspired so this remains a powerful appeal to advertisers.

Its ad load is still significantly below peers like Facebook and the company is still in the early stages of finding ways on monetizing the relationship between pinners and advertisers. And it has a lot of room to do so. Pinterest is growing aggressively into that opportunity with 51% revenue growth last year to $1.14 billion, while monthly active users (MAUs) grew 26% to 335 million. So, despite the setback in advertising spend, the important growth objective to expand and engage users which can be later monetized on was achieved during the crisis. And don’t forget that Pinterest is growing faster than both Facebook and Twitter.

Whether you are for or against social media, no one can deny it became an integral part of our lives. With Facebook gathering the most monthly active users, 2.6 billion, to YouTube’s 2 billion, Instagram’s 1 billion and Twitter’s 330 million, social media is here to stay, unlike COVID-19.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com Questions about this release can be send to ivana@iamnewswire.com

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The First Week of June Is All About the May’s Jobs Report

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Tech Company News

The highlight of this week will be most certainly be the May unemployment report as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is expected to report another decrease of 8 million nonfarm payrolls, after April’s record 20.5 million decline. But several notable companies will also be releasing their earnings reports and discussing their strategies for the post-COVID-19 era.

Monday

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:REGN) is having a conference call today to discuss its portfolio of cancer drugs in clinical trials.

Tuesday

Earnings will be reported by CrowdStrike Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CRWD), Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc (NYSE:DKS) and Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZOOM). Expectations could hardly be higher for the digital communication specialist for which interest has soared even before the pandemic which only further skyrocketed its key engagement figures to record levels. Much of that optimism is already reflected in its stock price that has more than doubled since the start of the year.

Another video tech specialist Ambarella (NASDAQ:AMBA) will report its earnings along with answering some big questions as it competes in quite attractive industry niches such as AI. Until now, its operating results haven’t yet demonstrated a defensible market position as sales declined in two of the last four quarters with falling gross profit.

Wednesday

Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) reports quarterly results. However, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG), Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) and Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) will hold their annual shareholder meetings with Autodesk Inc (NASDAQ:ADSK) hosting an investor day.

Thursday

Broadcom Inc (NASDAQ:AVGO), The Gap Inc (NYSE:GPS), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) and Slack Technologies (NYSE:WORK) scheduled conference calls to discuss earnings. Slack had a good run even before the pandemic struck. Therefore, its offerings most likely thrived when businesses moved to home offices. Some analysts are forecasting even a 40% sales growth this quarter, with revenue expected to reach as much as $190 million. But the market still expects for the enterprise communication software to post a net loss. That is the cost of prioritizing market share in its battle against well-capitalized rivals, one such being Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Its performance during the lockdown could offer good clues for the most likely 5-year-ahead scenario.

Booking Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:BKNG) and  T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) will hold their annual shareholder meetings. Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) and TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AMTD) will be hosting special shareholder meetings. The purpose is to seek approval for the $26 billion acquisition that Schwab proposed in November.

Friday

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the dreaded statistics for May. The unemployment rate is expected to have risen 19.5%. in May from April’s 14.7%.

We know that the economic recovery will be slow. But, as we go through yet another week, we are getting closer to leaving COVID-19 behind us. This week will be no exception as we will learn how bad things were in May and what we can hopefully look forward to as the world slowly returns to a new normal.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com Questions about this release can be send to ivana@iamnewswire.com

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HP and Dell At Least Managed to Top Estimates

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Computing giants Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DELL) and HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) reported their earnings this week. At the very least, they hurdled Wall Street estimates. But despite more people working from home, HP stock dropped sharply upon the results as only earnings estimates were topped. On the other hand, Dell’s results drove shares more than 7%. No financial targets for the full year were given due to uncertainty regarding the length of the pandemic and the consequent slow pace of the economic recovery.

HP’s revenue was held back

In the quarter that ended on April 30, the personal computer and printer maker achieved total revenue of $12.5 billion. Sales fell 11.2% from the same quarter a year ago. Analysts expected $12.86 billion. These are the bad news. The good news is that earnings per share of 51 cents topped estimates of 45 cents.

Compared to the prior year, sales at HP’s personal systems and printing segments dropped 7% and 19%, respectively. But the big difference is in operating profits. In the personal systems segment, profit surged 43% from the prior year, but in the printing segment, it fell 35%. The Palo Alto, California based company ended the quarter with $4.1 billion in cash. On a year-over-year basis, revenue dropped 11% with earnings dipping 4%. But what made the stock plunge 5.5%, besides the sales miss, is that the company didn’t provide a revenue target for the current quarter. It only gave an earnings expectation of 42 cents per share. By the looks of it, HP’s diverse portfolio and go-to-market capabilities are what protected its earnings. Also, HP’s financial position showed the company can weather the storm.

Dell’s business blossomed from work-from-home trends

For the quarter that ended in April, the Round Rock, Texas-based company achieved revenues of $21.90 billion. Quarterly earnings amounted to $182 million. Adjusted earnings were $1.34 per share whereas Zacks Consensus Estimate was 3.09% lower at $1.01 per share. But the actual result is lower when compared to $1.45 per share earned in the same quarter last year. On a brighter note, the quarterly report delivered an earnings surprise of 32.67% whereas in the previous quarter, there was no surprise as the estimate equaled the actual result. Moreover, Dell achieved a good track record as it surpassed both consensus EPS and revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters.

Most importantly, the tech giant said the pandemic has boosted its business in certain sectors. For example, the revenue of Dell’s Client Solutions Group rose 2% year over year to $11.1 billion. The segment saw demand for commercial laptop units surge in double-digits whereas mobile workstation saw a high-single-digit revenue growth. This is due to orders from banking and financial services, government and health care providers expanding 15% to 20% as these businesses struggled to meet immediate needs of their customers, communities and patients. Overall, despite flat sales and an earnings drop on a year-over-year basis, Dell portrayed a strong financial performance that was well beyond expectations so no wonder its shares went up.

Outlook

We know by now that the entire fiscal year will be filled with uncertainty so everyone will be eagerly waiting for estimates of the current and upcoming quarters. The good news is that customers need essential technology now more than ever before so they can restart their businesses in a COVID-19 remote working environment. One thing is certain: the current conditions will act as a strong catalyst for transformation that is upon both HP and Dell.

This article is not a press release and is contributed by Ivana Popovic who is a verified independent journalist for IAMNewswire. It should not be construed as investment advice at any time please read the full disclosure . Ivana Popovic does not hold any position in the mentioned companies. Press Releases – If you are looking for full Press release distribution contact: press@iamnewswire.com Contributors – IAM Newswire accepts pitches. If you’re interested in becoming an IAM journalist contact: contributors@iamnewswire.com Questions about this release can be send to ivana@iamnewswire.com

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