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News For STM;HAL From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
07:00 EDTHALNabors Industries offers best value among Land Drillers, says Citi
After assessing a range of net asset values for Land Drillers based on a various recovery scenarios, Citi analyst Scott Gruber says Nabors Industries (NBR) offers the best value within the group. The stock presents upside of 200% in his bull case and 65% downside in his bear case. Gruber calls Halliburton (HAL) his top pick, however, saying frac "offers superior recovery potential" to land rigs. The analyst has Buy ratings on both names along with Patterson-UTI (PTEN). He has a Neutral rating on Helmerich & Payne (HP).
February 9, 2016
12:46 EDTHALHalliburton intends to sell Baker's offshore fluids business, Bloomberg says
Halliburton (HAL) intends to divest Baker Hughes' (BHI) offshore drilling-and-completions fluids division and the lion-s share of Baker's completion systems, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The move would add to the list of assets Halliburton plans to sell in an effort to allay regulators who have been stalling its takeover of Baker Hughes, the report says. Reference Link
February 8, 2016
08:45 EDTHALBaker Hughes downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Baker Hughes (BHI) to Equal Weight from Overweight. Analyst Ole Slorer sees increased risks around the Halliburton (HAL)/Baker Hughes deal and said the market seems to be underestimating the obstacles. Slorer said the deal could take another 5-6 months and face increased resistance from EC regulators, and is concerned any delay will accelerate Baker Hughes' deteriorating performance. The analyst thinks Baker Hughes shares could fall into the low $30's, if the deal fails.
February 3, 2016
18:34 EDTHALEuropean Commission extends review of Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger by 20 days
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January 28, 2016
10:04 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:06 EDTHALBaker Hughes says 'fully dedicated' to closing merger as early as possible
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06:07 EDTHALHalliburton upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group
KLR Group analyst Darren Gacicia upgraded Halliburton (HAL) to Buy saying the risk/reward is favorable at current share levels. North America should be the first region to increase oil production activity in a recovery, and Halliburton has high exposure, Gacicia tells investors in a research note. Further, investor concerns related to the Baker Hughes (BHI) merger may present a positive catalyst for the shares whether the merger is completed or terminated, the analyst contends. He believes both companies remain motivated to complete the deal. Gacicia keeps a $44 price target for Halliburton shares. The oil services company closed yesterday up 12c to $29.06.
January 27, 2016
11:27 EDTHALOptions with increasing call volume
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06:55 EDTSTMFrench government: STMicro must engage in new strategy, Reuters says
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05:42 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics says to exit set-top box chip business
The company says, "Today we are announcing that we will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway. This difficult decision is consistent with our strategy to only participate in sustainable businesses and is due to the significant losses posted by our set-top box business over the past years in an increasingly challenging market." After an extensive review of external and internal options for the future of the company's set-top box business, ST will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway. The slower than expected market adoption of leading-edge products and increasing competition on low-end boxes, combined with the required high level of R&D investment, has led this business to generate significant losses in the course of the last years. As a result of this, the company announced a global workforce review, including:the redeployment of about 600 employees, currently associated with the set-top-box business, to support principally ST's growth ambitions in digital automotive and microcontrollers; a global workforce re-alignment that may affect approximately 1,400 employees worldwide, of which about 430 in France through a voluntary departure plan, about 670 in Asia and about 120 in the US. Deployment of the plan by country or site will be subject to applicable legislation and will depend on local negotiations. In 2016, the workforce re-alignment is anticipated to affect about 1,000 employees, out of which about 150 in France. Annualized savings are estimated at $170M upon completion and restructuring costs at about $170M.
05:26 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics sees Q1 revenues down sequentially by about 3% at mid-point
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05:24 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus 1c
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