Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.Bitcoin War Begins – Bitcoin Cash Rises 50% While Bitcoin Drops $1,000 In 24 Hours - Jeff_Berwick
2.Fragile Stock Market Bull in a China Shop -James_Quinn
3.Sheffield Leafy Suburbs Tree Felling's Triggering House Prices CRASH! - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Bank of England Hikes UK Interest Rates 100%, Reversing BREXIT PANIC Cut! - Nadeem_Walayat
5.Government Finances and Gold - Cautionary Tale told in Four Charts - Michael_J_Kosares
6.Gold Stocks Winter Rally - Zeal_LLC
7.The Stock Market- From Here to Infinity? - Plunger
8.Ethereum (ETH/USD) – bullish breakout of large symmetrical triangle looks to be getting closer - MarketsToday
9.Electronic Gold: The Deep State’s Corrupt Threat to Human Prosperity and Freedom - Stewart_Dougherty
10.Finally, The Fall Of The House Of Saud - Jim_Willie_CB
Last 7 days
Universal Credit Doomsday for Tax Credits Cash ISA Savers, Here's What to Do - 18th Nov 17
Gold Mining Stocks Fundamentals Q3 2017 - 17th Nov 17
The Social Security Inflation Lag Calendar - Partial Indexing - 17th Nov 17
Mystery of Inflation and Gold - 17th Nov 17
Stock Market Ready To Pull The Rug Out From Under You! - 17th Nov 17
Crude Oil – Gold Link in November 2017 - 17th Nov 17
Play Free Online Games and Save Money Free Virtual Online Games - 17th Nov 17
Stock Market Crash Omens & Predictions: Another Day Another Lie - 16th Nov 17
Deepening Crisis In Hyper-inflationary Venezuela and Zimbabwe - 16th Nov 17
Announcing Free Trader's Workshop: Battle-Tested Tools to Boost Your Trading Confidence - 16th Nov 17
Instructions to Stop a Dispossession Home Sale and How to Purchase Astutely at Abandonment Home - 16th Nov 17
Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects - 16th Nov 17
Bonds And Stocks Will Crash Together In The Next Crisis (Meanwhile, Bond Yields Are Going Up) - 16th Nov 17
A Generational Reset That Will Redistribute Wealth to the Bottom 60% Is Near - 16th Nov 17
Ethereum (ETH/USD) – bullish breakout of large symmetrical triangle looks to be getting closer - 16th Nov 17
Gold’s Long-term Analogies - 16th Nov 17
Does Stripping Streets of ALL of their Trees Impact House Prices (Sheffield Example)? - 15th Nov 17
The Trump Administration’s IP Battle Against China - 15th Nov 17
5 Ways Bitcoin can Improve its Odds of Becoming the Future of Money - 15th Nov 17
These Headlines Say Gold is Building a Base for Something Big - 15th Nov 17
Protect Your Savings With Gold: ECB Propose End To Deposit Protection - 14th Nov 17
Gold on the Ledge, Trend Forecast - 14th Nov 17
The Unbearable Slowness Of Fourth Turnings - 14th Nov 17
Silver Sign’s Confirmation & More - 14th Nov 17
Could This Be The End for Tesla? - 14th Nov 17
Harry Dent’s Fourth Cycle: More Evidence of Stock Market Downturn - 14th Nov 17
Why Having Good Credit Is Important If You Want to Invest - 14th Nov 17
The Bitcoin Bubble Explained in 4 Charts - 13th Nov 17
How the US Has Secretly Subsidized China to Produce Eco-Unfriendly Solar Panels - 13th Nov 17
The Increasingly Unstable Middle East Must Be On Every Investor’s Radar - 13th Nov 17
Stock Market Critical Supports are Being Challenged - 13th Nov 17
The One Chart All Investors Should See Before 2018 - 13th Nov 17
Short-Term Stock Market Uncertainty Following Recent Rally, Will Stocks Continue Higher? - 13th Nov 17
Is Hillary Just the “Fall Guy” for the Intel Agencies and their Moneybags Bosses? - 12th Nov 17
Stock Market Correction Phase - 12th Nov 17
Finally, The Fall Of The House Of Saud - 12th Nov 17
Bitcoin War Begins – Bitcoin Cash Rises 50% While Bitcoin Drops $1,000 In 24 Hours - 11th Nov 17
E-franc, E-krona... E-volution? - 11th Nov 17
Gold Investment Stalled - 11th Nov 17
Smart Ways to Get Loans Online - 11th Nov 17
What Can Pot Teach Us About Economics and Government? - 10th Nov 17
Can Stocks and Bonds go Down at the Same Time? - 10th Nov 17
Gold Market 2017 Will We See a Replay of 2015 and 2016? - 10th Nov 17
Oil markets turn bullish with shift to backwardation - 10th Nov 17
The Strange Behavior of Gold Investors from Monday to Thursday - 10th Nov 17
Where to Start Your Cryptocurrency Company - 10th Nov 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Forex Trading Free Week

China Year of the Snake… U.S. Year of the Tank Car

Companies / Sector Analysis Feb 13, 2013 - 08:45 AM GMT

By: Investment_U

Companies

David Fessler writes: In China, 2013 is the Year of the Snake. According to the website HanBan.com, this means that 2013 should be a year of steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary in order to achieve goals.

In the U.S., 2013 might well be called the Year of the Tanker Car, particularly if you are an oil producer in the Bakken or the Eagle Ford shale formations.


If you happen to live near a major rail line in Texas or the Dakotas, you’ve probably seen a train like the one below. It’s what’s known as a “unit train”. A unit train transports a single product or unit.

Photo courtesy of Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc.
In this case, the Canadian Pacific Railway engines are pulling tanker cars full of crude oil. They were loaded at the Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAKP) transloading facility in New Town, North Dakota.

New Town just happens to be in the heart of the Williston Basin, also called the Bakken shale oil field. But the engines (if it wasn’t for the snow) could just as easily be Union Pacific Corporation’s (NYSE:UNP). The tanker cars could also just as easily be from a transloading facility in Texas’ Eagle Ford shale oil field.

Regardless, you can expect to see more unit trains like this one… a lot more. Crude oil from U.S. shale deposits is being pumped out of the ground in ever-increasing volumes. It has now outstripped the ability of existing pipelines to carry it.

Historically, 90% of crude oil shipments have been transported around the U.S. via pipelines. In the case of the Bakken, there are few existing pipelines. A number of new ones are in the planning stages, but they can take years to build.

East and Gulf coast refineries would love to get their hands on the inexpensive West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude. They’re currently forced to pay the higher prices for the internationally priced Brent. It can sell for as much as $25 per barrel more than WTI.

That big differential between Brent and WTI has made crude transportation via rail very attractive. Right now, the only economically viable way to get this surplus crude from fields to refineries on the East and Gulf coasts is by rail.

Crude oil trains have been increasing in number since the BNSF Railway pulled the first one from EOG Resources, Inc.’s (NYSE:EOG) Stanley, North Dakota Terminal.

As you can see from the graph below, courtesy of the Energy Information Administration (EIA), tanker car shipments have dramatically increased in just the last year.

2012 saw a record increase in crude oil production, and a marked decrease in coal use. This is reflected in the movement of these two commodities by rail. Crude oil and related products were responsible for the largest increase in commodity rail car loadings in 2012.

Not surprisingly, coal had the largest decline. This was due to increased use of natural gas for power generation. However, coal is still king of carload shipments. It accounted for 41% of all carloads. This compares to 4% for all petroleum products combined.

It’s the growth of petroleum that’s absolutely stunning. In 2009, crude oil and related products made up just 3% of all carloads in the oil and petroleum products class. In 2012, that number jumped to 38%. The Association of American Railroads reported that nearly 171,000 carloads of crude were moved by rail in 2012.

Playing the Rail-Crude Connection
There are several ways for investors to play the oversupply of WTI crude. The most obvious would be an investment in one of the major rail carriers serving the Bakken or the Eagle Ford shale oil fields. But rail stocks carry a wide range of commodities.

Most major railroads haul coal. Many will be hard pressed to offset the drop in coal shipments as natural gas is the fuel of choice for new power plants.

A more subtle way to play the increase in crude shipments by rail is by investing in tank car manufacturers. Right now, there is a backlog of 40,000 tank cars on order from the top three manufacturers. If you order a tank car today, you’ll wait 18 months to take delivery.

The Union Tank Car Company is a privately held subsidiary of Marmon Holdings. Marmon is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A), Warren Buffet’s empire. Union is working flat out to meet its tank car order commitments.

A better way to play
the tank car boom would be to invest in a few shares of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN). It sells a wide range of products, including wind towers, tanks and rail cars. One of its divisions also operates a barge leasing business.

Trinity’s rail car business is doing extremely well. So well, in fact, that it’s currently in the process of converting several wind tower manufacturing plants into rail tank car manufacturing facilities.

But the best tank car manufacturing play of all is going through the roof. Its manufacturing capacity is sold out through the end of 2014. This company’s stock is up 38% in a little over five months.

They’ll be announcing earnings in the next several weeks. I expect them to exceed analysts’ estimates for the coming quarter and likely for the rest of this year and next. Out of respect for my existing subscribers, I can’t give you the name of this company.

My Peak Energy Strategist newsletter contains the name of this tank car manufacturing powerhouse, along with a number of other great energy companies I follow in my Peak Energy Portfolio.

Right now, 14 of my 15 stocks are showing positive gains with 10 posting double-digit gains.

Click here to learn more about my Peak Energy Strategist newsletter and the name of this tank car manufacturer that could easily double in the next 12 – 18 months.

Good Investing,

by, Investment U Senior Analyst

http://www.investmentu.com

Copyright © 1999 - 2013 by The Oxford Club, L.L.C All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including on the world wide web), of content from this website, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Investment U, Attn: Member Services , 105 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Email: CustomerService@InvestmentU.com

Disclaimer: Investment U Disclaimer: Nothing published by Investment U should be considered personalized investment advice. Although our employees may answer your general customer service questions, they are not licensed under securities laws to address your particular investment situation. No communication by our employees to you should be deemed as personalized investment advice. We expressly forbid our writers from having a financial interest in any security recommended to our readers. All of our employees and agents must wait 24 hours after on-line publication or 72 hours after the mailing of printed-only publication prior to following an initial recommendation. Any investments recommended by Investment U should be made only after consulting with your investment advisor and only after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Investment U Archive

© 2005-2017 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife