March 11, 2013 at 08:00 AM EDT
Today's Dividend Stocks Research: SeaDrill, Penn West Petroleum, Breitburn Energy, and Northern Tier Energy

LONDON, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The U.S. oil and gas industry is seeing a major transformation due to the shale revolution. With the shale boom, the U.S. is expected to become one of the largest oil and gas producers in the world. The shale revolution has led several oil and gas companies in the U.S. to focus on domestic operations. A number of companies have divested their international assets and boosted spending on U.S. oil and gas projects. For companies such as Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL), Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (NYSE: PWE), BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. (NASDAQ: BBEP) and Northern Tier Energy LP (NYSE: NTI), the shale revolution offers significant opportunities. On Friday, oil and gas stocks ended mostly higher, tracking gains in the broad market. StockCall professionals have completed their technical analysis on SDRL, PWE, BBEP, and NTI and these free reports are accessible by registering at

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Shares of Seadrill Ltd. Edged higher in Friday's trading session. The stock closed 0.59% higher at $37.40 on volume of 1.88 million. Year-to-date, Seadrill's shares have gained more than 1.60%, underperforming the broad market. The company's performance has been disappointing this year, given the fact that the stock has a very high dividend yield. Seadrill Ltd. currently has a dividend yield of 8.98%. The company currently has a payout ratio of around 160%. Sign up for the free technical research on SDRL at

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Shares of Penn West Petroleum Ltd. rose sharply in Friday's trading session. The stock closed 3.80% higher at $10.65 on above average volume of 3.06 million. The company's shares have gained more than 10% in the last three trading sessions. Despite the substantial gains in recent trading sessions, the stock is down nearly 2% for the year. Penn West shares have fallen this year even though the stock currently pays a dividend yield of 9.86%. It has a payout ratio of 292%. The company will pay its next dividend on April 14, 2013. The stock will go ex-dividend on March 26, 2013. Be sure to read our latest technical research on PWE by registering at

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Shares of BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. rose marginally in Friday's trading session. The stock closed 0.41% higher at $19.46 on volume of 548,873. Year-to-date, BrietBurn Energy's shares have gained more than 5.30%, underperforming the broad market. The company currently has one of the highest dividend yields in the oil and gas sector which is at 9.66%. The company last paid a dividend in February 2013. Sign up and read the complimentary report on BBEP at

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Shares of Northern Tier Energy LP rose sharply in Friday's trading session. The stock closed 2.11% higher at $31.41 on volume of 715,876. The company's shares are currently trading close to their 52-week high of $32.55. The stock has outperformed the broad market this year, gaining nearly 23.50%. Apart from the year-to-date performance, its shares are also attractive because of their very high dividend yield. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 16.17%. The company last paid a dividend in February 2013. The free report on NTI can be downloaded by signing up now at

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