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December 18, 2012
08:59 EDTSLB, VNDA, FDS, HAL, NLSN, SAFM, BHI, ARBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Sanderson Farms (SAFM), up 1.5%... ALSO HIGHER: Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 27.6% after Tasimelteon met primary endpoint in trial... Arbitron (ARB), up 24.5% after agreeing to acquisition by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Nielsen shares also up 3%... LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: FactSet (FDS), down 3.5%... ALSO LOWER: Baker Hughes (BHI), down 3.6% after cutting forecast, citing weak North American drilling. Peer Halliburton (HAL) down 1.5% as well. Schlumberger (SLB) down 0.3%, has already issued its on Q4 EPS warning.
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February 5, 2016
13:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger, Cameron merger receives unconditional clearance from EU
Schlumberger Limited (SLB) and Cameron (CAM) jointly announced that the European Commission has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions following a Phase 1 review. As previously announced, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared the proposed merger in November 2015 without any conditions; Cameron stockholders voted on December 17 to adopt the merger agreement between Schlumberger and Cameron; and antitrust clearances have been obtained in Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Schlumberger and Cameron only await regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. The Chinese authorities started their 30-day Phase 1 review process on February 4, 2016. The closing of the proposed merger remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Schlumberger and Cameron expect to close the merger in the first quarter of 2016. Until that time, the companies will continue to operate as separate and independent entities and continue to serve their respective customers.
11:51 EDTSAFMTyson Foods soars to 52-week high after raising FY16 profit outlook
Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN) are rallying after the company's first quarter earnings per share topped analysts' consensus estimates. The company also raised its profit outlook for fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open this morning, Tyson Foods reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.15, easily topping analyst's consensus estimates of 89c. However, the company's Q1 revenue of $9.15B missed analysts' estimates of $10.07B, and the company noted that average sales prices decreased in the quarter due in part to higher domestic availability of fed cattle and live hog supplies. Tyson also noted that feed costs declined $60M during Q1. Additionally, the company also raised its share repurchase authorization by 50M shares. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to FY16, Tyson Foods raised its EPS view to $3.85-$3.95, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $3.63. The company's sales view for FY16 was lowered to approximately $37B from its previous estimate of $41B, below analysts' estimates of $39.83B. The company cited declines in beef, pork and feed prices. Tyson Foods sees domestic protein production for the fiscal year up 2%-3% and believes the chicken segment's operating margin will improve to 11% in 2016, up from its previous 10% outlook. Tyson also sees lower future feed costs in FY16 compared to FY15 of approximately $200M based on current futures prices. Further, Tyson sees its beef segment's operating margin "at or above" the low end of its normalized range of 1.5-3% for FY16 and its pork segment's operating margin above its normalized 6%-8% range, up from its previous estimate of within the range. The company also sees synergies of over $500M in FY16 from its acquisition of Hillshire Brands and sees FY16 capital expenditures of $900M. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: On the company's earnings conference call, Donnie Smith, the company's chief executive officer, said he believes that "the worst is over" in terms of the cattle supply. While he believes beef will still be expensive to consumers, he noted that customers are spending more at the grocery store. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tyson Foods rose $5.16, or about 10%, to $57.13 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a fresh 52-week high of $58.94. Including the advance, the stock is up approximately 43% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other food producers include Hormel Foods (HRL), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC).
06:45 EDTSLBSchlumberger's acquisition of Cameron cleared by EU, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports January international rig count 1,045
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February 3, 2016
18:34 EDTHAL, BHIEuropean Commission extends review of Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger by 20 days
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February 2, 2016
07:15 EDTVNDACanaccord to hold a conference
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January 29, 2016
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 18 to 619 rigs
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January 28, 2016
20:07 EDTBHISuperior Drilling to host business news update conference call
Business news update conference call to be held on January 29 at 9 am. Webcast Link
16:22 EDTBHISuperior Drilling to supply Baker Hughes with Strider Drill System
Superior Drilling (SDPI) announced that it reached an agreement to supply the company's Strider Drill String Oscillation System and related services to Baker Hughes (BHI). The Strider utilizes its unique patent-pending design to reduce drill string friction on horizontal wells, resulting in improved rates of penetration and cost savings. Its revolutionary engineering provides a cost effective alternative to conventional downhole vibration tools.
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 EDTHAL, BHIBaker Hughes says 'fully dedicated' to closing merger as early as possible
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08:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes sees rig activity worldwide to continue to decline throughout 2016
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08:04 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q4 adjusted EPS (21c), consensus (10c)
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07:39 EDTSLBCameron expects transaction with Schlumberger to close in 1Q16
06:07 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton 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
14:34 EDTBHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:27 EDTHALOptions with increasing call volume
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January 26, 2016
10:00 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
08:00 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton weakness a buying opportunity for long-term investors, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Halliburton (HAL) is a buying opportunity with or without Baker Hughes (BHI) as an acquisition. The firm believes the company offers the highest quality play on a recovery in North American oil prices. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on Halliburton shares.
05:35 EDTHALHalliburton downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC
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