Continental Resources Goes High-Tech in Bakken Oil Field
What's more, its technological expertise in so-called unconventional drilling processes that it has honed here should prove invaluable elsewhere. There are several other known, but still untapped, areas with similar geology as the Bakken throughout North America, Mexico and in Russia's Siberia where Continental's expertise could open vast new resources.
And that would make the firm, whose value is $32 billion, attractive not only for its future exploration and production work, but also as an acquisition target for a much bigger firm.
Continental's shares are on a strong run, gaining almost 10% in the past three months, which is about what they're up for the year, versus the S&P 500's 14% increase.
Its shares have a three-year average annual return of 26% and a five-year annualized return of 37%, which means that $10,000 invested five years ago would be worth about $47,716 today.