Goldman Sachs Upgrades Bill Barrett (BBG) to Buy, Sees Higher Nat-Gas Prices

April 5, 2013 8:39 AM EDT
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Bill Barrett (NYSE: BBG) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $27.00 (from $25.00). Analyst Brian Singer said he no longer see a surplus in natural gas and thinks prices will rise to upper end of $4.00-$4.50 per MMBtu range.

"We continue to view Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN)/ Cabot (NYSE: COG) among E&Ps, Cloud Peak (NYSE: CLD) among coal, Halliburton (NYSE: HAL)/ Basic Energy (NYSE: BAS) / Nabors (NYSE: NBR) among oil service, and NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) among IPPs as our favorites for natural gas exposure across sectors," said Singer.

"We upgrade Bill Barrett to Buy from Neutral, as we see BBG as an E&P in the early stages of an improving resource base trading at an attractive valuation likely to be supported by rising gas prices," added the analyst.

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Shares of Bill Barrett closed at $19.75 yesterday.

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