Oryx Petroleum Corporation Limited - CEO, Vance Querio
CEO, Vance Querio
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  • Oryx Petroleum (TSX:OXC) is one of the few Canadian petroleum companies trending upwards in an otherwise bear oil market
  • The company’s share price has risen 42 per cent this week and almost 60 per cent in the last two days
  • Iraq, where the company produces the majority of its oil, recently followed Saudi Arabia and uncapped its oil production by 80 per cent
  • Saudi Arabia’s decision caused the benchmark oil prices to drop by a third earlier in the week
  • Oryx Petroleum Corp (OXC) was down 6.67 per cent, with shares trading for $0.28

Oryx Petroleum (TSX:OXC) is one of the few Canadian petroleum companies trending upwards in an otherwise bear oil market.

In the last week, while oil prices plummeted, the company’s stock has risen 42 per cent and almost 60 per cent in the last three days.

Due to an ongoing trade war between Russia and OPEC, Saudi Arabia uncapped production over last weekend.

This resulted in oil benchmarks plummeting on Monday and severely impacting oil stocks. Both the Brent Crude and the West Texas Intermediate dropped almost a third during this week.

However, Oryx produces the majority of its oil in Iraq, a key OPEC member. This didn’t entirely shield the company from the oil price crash. During Monday the company’s stock dropped 14 per cent.

But earlier this week, Iraq announced it was following Saudi Arabia and also uncapping its oil production. Before this move, the Iraq was limiting its oil production to 80 per cent to help manage demand.

When Iraq uncapped its production, Oryx Petroleum’s share price moved up 57 per cent.

The company’s full year report, released today, did not overtly mention the oil price drop, nor OPEC’s ongoing operations.

Company CEO, Vance Querio, did allude to the oil market’s recent developments in his 2020 outlook.

“Most of our capital expenditures are planned in the second half of 2020 and we are prepared to adjust our plans and consider other measures to strengthen our liquidity should recent market developments persist and should there be additional delays in cash receipts for oil sales,” he said. 

In the report the company also stated that it was aware of the growing numbers of COVID-19 in Iraq. However, the company does not expect the outbreak to affect its operations.

Oryx Petroleum Corp (OXC) was down 6.67 per cent, with shares trading for $0.28 at 10:24am EST. 

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