Vitality shares are outperforming this week, month and yr, and Goldman Sachs believes that whereas there’s nonetheless worth to be discovered within the house, buyers should be selective going ahead. “We stay bullish the Vitality and Oil & Fuel equities advanced regardless of YTD outperformance…That mentioned, we see sturdy dispersion,” the agency mentioned Thursday in a observe to shoppers. With this in thoughts, analysts led by Neil Mehta recognized eight shares with above-average upside, as a consequence of differentiated belongings or discounted valuations. Goldman likes ConocoPhillips amongst tremendous majors, Phillips 66 inside refiners and Halliburton inside oilfield companies corporations. Shares of Conoco hit a file excessive on Thursday, and Goldman envisions the inventory climbing one other 17% to $130. The agency pointed to Conoco’s goal of returning greater than 30% of its money circulate from operations to shareholders by buybacks and dividends as a cause for buyers to personal the inventory. “We additionally observe our confidence in COP’s through-the-cycle repurchasing technique with the corporate having purchased again inventory throughout the pandemic when numerous US Main and E & P friends had been extra targeted on steadiness sheet restore over the identical timeframe,” Mehta wrote. Phillips 66 meantime hit the best stage in additional than two years on Thursday because the refiner advantages from excessive costs for petroleum merchandise. The nationwide common for a gallon of gasoline hit a file $4.60 per gallon on Thursday, in accordance with AAA. Diesel and jet gas costs have additionally jumped, which implies refiners are promoting their merchandise at increased costs. Shares of Phillips 66 are up 37% for 2022, lagging the broader sector’s 56% achieve. Goldman attributed this underperformance to a number of components, together with challenged execution round earnings and operations. The corporate’s valuation now seems to be enticing relative to friends, and Goldman known as the corporate its prime decide among the many refiners. “We see room for a powerful earnings/money circulate inflection in 2Q within the present refining margin setting, significantly given the corporate’s distillate leverage, and proceed to see worth within the extra steady earnings streams from non-refining companies,” Mehta mentioned. The inventory is on Goldman’s conviction listing, and the agency’s $112 goal is roughly 13% above the place the inventory traded Thursday. Oilfield companies firm Halliburton hit a 52-week excessive in April, however is now buying and selling about 5% beneath that stage. A part of the underperformance is because of uncertainty across the value setting. “Whereas we imagine that 2H22 is extra prone to be a world story, given the current pullback, continued power in US stress pumping pricing and publicity to the worldwide markets, we imagine HAL shares have room to carry out,” Goldman mentioned. — CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed reporting.