The US Independents have been successful at controlling costs and deleveraging. But the market continues to incentivise aggressive production growth. Operators who have guided for high-growth targets have delivered better share price growth compared with their growth-challenged peers. The task ahead will be to balance growth delivery with capital discipline and manage project-specific risks, especially in tight oil. We review the performance and outlook for the US Independents peer group using the Corporate Benchmarking Tool (CBT). Companies included in the report are: Anadarko, Apache, Chesapeake, ConocoPhillips, Continental, Devon, Encana, EOG, Hess, Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil, Newfield, Noble Energy, Occidental, Pioneer, Range and Southwestern.