Zacks Analyst Interview Highlights: ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Diamond Offshore and Transocean

Zacks.com releases the latest Analyst Interview. Todays interview is with Director of Zacks Equity Research Dirk van Dijk, who discusses ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM). ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP), Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG).

A synopsis of todays Analyst Interview is presented below. The full article can be read at www.zacks.com.

Which industries in 2008 or in the near term in 2008, if you can think of any do you see outperforming? And do you see any names you can cite that you think would be good investments?

Well, for a good, safe place to hunker down, middle-of-the-road investments: ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) look very good. If you want to get more aggressive, I like the drilling names, like Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG). I like the oil service side better.

Natural gas actually looks a little bit cheap here relative to oil, and may start playing some catch-up to oil, except on more of a secular basis. So maybe some natural gas-oriented names.

And energy is not the only place. Selected technology names look good I dont have any off the top of my head. Technology as a group has got pretty good performance, in terms of its earning growth coming. The stocks arent exactly cheap, but its not a terrible place to be.

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