Magnum Hunter (MHR) Up on Record Production, Short Interest Decline

Shares of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (MHR) were up +0.99 or +18.13 percent to $6.45 per share in Thursday's premarket, after the company announced record production results for its newest well in the Utica shale of West Virginia. In addition, the company's stock saw a large drop in short interest in August. Magnum Hunter Resources closed $5.46, up +0.06 or +1.11 percent in Wednesday's regular trading session.

Houston, Texas based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., was formally listed as Petro Resources Corporation but changed its name in 2009.
The company is an independent oil and gas company specializing in the drilling, production and acquisition of oil and natural gas interests within the United States and Canada. Magnum Hunter expanded its operations into Canada after the acquisition of NuLoch Resources Inc. Magnum Hunter is currently active in the states of Ohio, North Dakota and West Virginia and is currently active in three unconventional shale resource plays of North America: the Utica Shale, Marcellus Shale and Williston Basin/Bakken Shale resources.

Magnum Hunter announced late yesterday record production results for its latest well in West Virginia's Utica shale. Throughput volumes for the company's Eureka Hunter gas gathering pipeline system in Ohio and West Virginia increased to about 316,500 MMBtu per day. The company's wholly owned subsidiary, Triad Hunter, LLC is producing about 35 percent of volumes flowing through the Eureka Hunter Pipeline System. Magnum Hunter is expecting a flow of approximately 400,000 MMBtu per day of natural gas throughput volumes by the end of the year.

Chris Akers, Chief Operating Officer of Eureka Hunter Pipeline, LLC, said in a press release that, "Our commitment to our customers through quality service and increased capacity has resulted in a record day of approximately 316,500 MMBtu of natural gas per day. The Eureka Hunter Pipeline presently covers over 105 miles of both 20" and 16" pipe. We have three to four construction crews working at any given time supporting our aggressive expansion efforts. We are well positioned for continued significant growth throughout the Utica and Marcellus regions of West Virginia and Ohio.

In addition to the pipeline news, Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. stock saw a large decline in short interest in August. From August 15th to August 29th, the shares short interest dropped from 28,093,020 short shares to 26,036,310 short shares, a decline of -7.3%. The company's short interest is currently 13.8 percent of total shares based on daily volume figures of 3,249,495 shares. The short interest ratio is currently 8.0 days.

Magnum Hunter stock is currently trading on the low end of its yearly range, which saw the company make a high of $9.27 per share and a low of $5.19 per share. With the news of its record production and decline in short interest just released, as well as some brokerages' buy recommendations, the stock could test its yearly highs in the not too distant future.

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Published on Sep 25, 2014
By Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk enjoyed a 12-year professional financial markets career incorporating extensive first hand futures and options experience obtained by trading in the stock, commodity and forex markets on U.S. exchanges. Since retiring as a full-time financial market professional, he has been actively trading stock, commodities, forex and options for his own account and managing funds for others, as well as writing financial market commentary and educational articles.

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