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June 4, 2014
10:00 EDTAVG, SLB, ROSG, PKD, PBFX, ORCL, DNOW, MNST, HERO, HP, HAL, GTT, GNC, EXAS, ATW, BAS, ALQA, AIRM, VCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AVG Technologies (AVG) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Air Methods (AIRM) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Alliqua (ALQA) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Exact Sciences (EXAS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GNC Holdings (GNC) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... GTT Communications (GTT) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... NOW Inc. (DNOW) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... PBF Logistics (PBFX) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Rosetta Genomics (ROSG) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli.
News For AVG;AIRM;ALQA;BAS;ATW;EXAS;GNC;GTT;HAL;HP;HERO;MNST;DNOW;ORCL;PBFX;PKD;ROSG;SLB;VC From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
14:46 EDTGNCVitamin Shoppe may hire adviser amid pressure for deal, Reuters says
Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which has been urged by activist shareholders to consider a sale, is speaking to banks and may hire a financial adviser, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that Reuters previously reported on September 18 that some large Vitamin Shoppe holders have urged the company to consider a sale to rival GNC Holdings (GNC) or to a private equity buyer. That same day, The Financial Times reported that GNC was considering a possible sale after receiving attention from private equity suitors. Following this latest report from Reuters, shares of Vitamin Shoppe are up 6.7% to $45.23 in afternoon trading, while GNC shares are up over 3% to $38.88. Reference Link
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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09:22 EDTHALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:22 EDTHALHalliburton sees Q4 North American revenue and margins flat to modestly higher
09:21 EDTHALHalliburton expects dividend to be be equal to at least 15%-20% of net income
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09:15 EDTHALHalliburton: We do not see momentum slowing anytime soon
Halliburton should begin to see impact of new contract pricing as company moves into 2015. Experienced some disruptions in early Q3 due to sand deliveries and nearly missed jobs, but company said it has taken actions to "get ahead of this issue going forward." Says Eastern Hemisphere activity expanding at a steady rate, expects to deliver double digit revenue growth in 2014. Expects Q4 in Eastern Hemisphere to be strongest quarter of the year due to seasonality. Looking ahead to 2015, rate of growth in Eastern Hemisphere may moderate due geopolitical issues. Expects to outpace peers in revenue growth. Expects to be at full operational capacity in Mexico, and excited about energy reform in Mexico. Expects to operate under more profitable contract in Q1 for Brazil. Expects a "much stronger 2015" with potential in the coming years. In the long term, believes lower oil prices is not sustainable, with supply and demand to be back in balance in a relatively short amount of time. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
07:03 EDTHALHalliburton reports Q3 C&P revenue $5.4B, D&E revenue $3.3B
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07:02 EDTHALHalliburton reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.19, consensus $1.10
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06:55 EDTHALHalliburton board increases quarterly dividend by 20% to 18c
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October 17, 2014
17:50 EDTSLBSchlumberger is inexpensive and has room to rise, Barron's says
Shares of Schlumberger have fallen recently, as has the rest of the energy sector, but the stock has room to rise and is relatively inexpensive compared to its historical valuation, Barron's reports. Revenue growth was strong across the board in the third-quarter, during which several major contracts were won. The stock is also trading at close to 14.5 times analysts’ estimates for the next 12 months’ earnings, well below its historical average of 20, Barron's added. Reference Link
10:00 EDTHEROOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTHP, BASOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
08:58 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees FY15 exploration spending flat
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08:48 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees 5c-7c EPS growth in Q4 vs. Q3
Sees Libya and Russia continuing to have an affect on earnings during Q4. Libya's Q3 activity was down 50% year over year.
08:47 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees international earnings growth in FY15
Schlumberger management stated that Russian sanctions has a 2c per share impact on Q3. The company will re-size Libyan resources and oil rigs in Iraq are slowly going back into operation. Management stated that the company did several deals for artificial lift work. The company's outlook for global GDP growth softened slightly. The company sees Brent oil prices recovering and stabilizing. Management stated that global economic recover is remains intact. The company stated that global spare oil capacity is not increasing. Management stated that 10 new deep-water rigs are scheduled for delivery in Q4. The company sees a 6% decline in deep-water drilling, primarily driven by Brazil. The company sees FY15 deep-water drilling flat. The company sees FY 14 exploration spending down 4%-5%. Comments made during Q3 earnings conference call.
08:30 EDTHEROHercules Offshore downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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08:02 EDTBASBasic Energy upgraded at Cowen
As previously reported Cowen upgraded Basic Energy to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and said shares reflect additional downside risk. Price target to $19 from $23.
07:03 EDTBASBasic Energy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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07:02 EDTHEROHercules Offshore downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:26 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Helmerich & Payne to Buy given the sell-off in shares and positive underlying industry fundamentals.
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