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The following are the top rated Energy stocks according to Validea's Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski . This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.

BERRY PETROLEUM CORP ( BRY ) is a small-cap growth stock in the Oil & Gas - Integrated industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Berry Petroleum Corporation is an independent upstream energy company. The company is engaged in the development and production of conventional oil reserves located in the Western United States. It primarily focuses on the exploration of domestic oil and natural gas reserves located in the San Joaquin Basin in California, the Uinta Basin in Utah, the Piceance Basin in Colorado, and the East Texas Basin in Texas. The San Joaquin and East Ventura Basins in California covers an area of over 7,945 net acres of properties located in Midway-Sunset, South Belridge, McKittrick and Poso Creek fields. The Utah Basin consists of operations in the Brundage Canyon, Ashley Forest and Lake Canyon areas that cover an area of over 98,804 net acres. The Colorado operating area consists of coals and carbonaceous shale in the Piceance basin that covers an area of about 8,008 net acres. The East Texas properties cover an area of about 4,533 net acres in Harrison and Limestone Counties.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:FAIL
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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C&J ENERGY SERVICES INC ( CJ ) is a small-cap growth stock in the Oil Well Services & Equipment industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: C&J Energy Services, Inc. is a completion and production services company, which provides well construction, well completions and well services to the oil and gas industry. The Company operates through three segments: Completion Services, Well Support Services and Other Services. The Company also manufactures, repairs and refurbishes equipment used in the oilfield services industry. It operates in various North American onshore basins. Its Completion Services segment includes the hydraulic fracturing services, cased-hole wireline services, coiled tubing services and other well stimulation services. Its Well Support Services segment includes services, including rig services, fluid management services and other special well site services. Other services segment includes directional drilling services, equipment manufacturing and repair, specialty chemicals sales, research and technology, and the Middle East operations, as well as cementing services.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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CNX RESOURCES CORP ( CNX ) is a mid-cap value stock in the Coal industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: CNX Resources Corp., formerly CONSOL Energy Inc., is an integrated energy company. The Company's divisions include Exploration and Production (E&P), Pennsylvania (PA) Mining Operations and Other. The E&P division operates through three segments: Marcellus Shale, Coalbed Methane ( CBM ) and Other Gas, which produce pipeline quality natural gas for sale primarily to gas wholesalers. Its E&P division focuses on Appalachian area natural gas and liquids activities, including production, gathering, processing and acquisition of natural gas properties in the Appalachian Basin. The Other Gas segment is primarily related to shallow oil and gas production and the Chattanooga Shale in Tennessee. The principal activities of the PA Mining Operations division are mining, preparation and marketing of thermal coal, sold primarily to power generators. The Other division includes business activities, such as coal terminal operations and water operations.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:FAIL
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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CARRIZO OIL & GAS INC ( CRZO ) is a small-cap value stock in the Oil & Gas Operations industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. is an energy company. The Company is engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and gas from resource plays located in the United States. Its operations are focused in proven, producing oil and gas plays in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Delaware Basin in West Texas, the Utica Shale in Ohio, the Niobrara Formation in Colorado, and the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. As of December 31, 2016, the Company's proved reserves of 200 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBoe) were 64% crude oil, 12% natural gas liquids (NGLs) and 24% natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, it operated approximately 94% of the wells in Eagle Ford in which it held an interest. As of December 31, 2016, it held an average interest of approximately 85% in these operated wells. As of December 31, 2016, it owned leases covering approximately 309,200 gross (179,179 net) acres in the Eagle Ford, Niobrara, Utica and the Delaware Basin areas.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:FAIL
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:PASS
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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REPSOL SA (ADR) (REPYY) is a large-cap value stock in the Oil & Gas Operations industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski is 90% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Repsol, S.A. (Repsol) is an integrated energy company. The Company's segments include Upstream, Downstream, and Corporation and others. The Upstream segment carries out oil and natural gas exploration and production activities, and manages its project portfolio. The Downstream segment includes covers the supply and trading of crude oil and other products; oil refining and marketing of oil products, and the production and marketing of chemicals. It owns and operates five refineries in Spain (Cartagena, A Coruna, Bilbao, Puertollano and Tarragona) with a combined distillation capacity of approximately 900 thousand barrels of oil per day. The Company operates La Pampilla refinery in Peru, which has an installed capacity of approximately 120 thousand barrels of oil per day. Its Chemicals division produces and commercializes a range of products, and its activities range from basic petrochemicals to derivatives.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.

BOOK/MARKET RATIO:PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS:PASS
CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS:PASS
CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME:PASS
CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETSPASS
CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO:PASS
CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:PASS
CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN:FAIL
CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER:PASS

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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 147.51% vs. 139.58% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here

About Joseph Piotroski : Piotroski isn't your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he's not even a professional investor. He's a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers". In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 -- more than double the S&P 500's gain during that time. Piotroski's findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

About Validea : Validea is an investment research service that follows the published strategies of investment legends. Validea offers both stock analysis and model portfolios based on gurus who have outperformed the market over the long-term, including Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and Martin Zweig. For more information about Validea, click here



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