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Stock Research and Analysis

by Stephen Simko, CFA

Bulls Say

CNRL has a history of quickly adapting to changing market conditions and allocating capital accordingly.
The Horizon oil sands project should provide CNRL with significant free cash flow for future expansions.
A multiyear plan to develop heavy and thermal oil projects supports incremental production growth beyond 2015. Read more 

Bears Say

Investors continue to fear cost overruns for oil sands projects, and this is probably a drag on the stock.
Oil sands projects could face political risk as pressure over environmental concerns mounts.
The bitumen emulsion leak at its Cold Lake project could impair some of its Cold Lake reserves. Read more 


CNRL relies on an 18-member corporate management committee instead of a named CEO. We believe this contributes to the company's effectiveness in allocating capital to cash-flow-generating assets and its ability to quickly shift these allocations in   Read more 


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