Companies like Hess and Whiting Petroleum have all done a wonderful job in producing in the Bakken, but neither of these companies can compare to the work that Continental Resources has done in the region. Not only has Continental stayed ahead of its competitors in terms of overall production, it has been pioneering new methods to better drill the Bakken, and resolve one of the region's biggest issues along the way

Combine these elements with 10 years worth of drilling and a founder-led management team that owns over 68% of the company's shares, and you can see why Continental beat Whiting and Hess to make our favorite energy stocks of the year. Tune into the video below to learn more about this top oil producer.

Will Continental dominate the American energy boom?
Continental Resources is carving out a position as one of the top American energy companies; but it isn't alone. The transformation of the American energy space is creating investment opportunities everywhere, but picking the right ones will mean the difference between a flash in the pan and a long-term jewel. For this reason, we've put together a comprehensive look at three energy companies set to soar during this transformation in the energy industry. Find out which three companies beat out Continental on this list of companies that are spreading their wings by checking out our special report, "3 Stocks for the American Energy Bonanza." Simply click here and we'll give you free access to this valuable investing resource. 


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