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June 24, 2014
07:33 EDTCOP, HES, MUR, OXYExploration and production companies price targets raised at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target ranges on a number of international exploration and production companies based on the implications of the conflict in Iraq and the firm's belief that oil prices are more likely to be higher than lower from 2015-2017. The firm raised its price target on ConocoPhillips (COP) to $89-$96 from $85-$82, on Hess Corporation (HES) to $99-$105 from $85-$93, on Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) to $74-$78 from $72-$76, and on Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) to $116-$122 from $109-$116. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil and Occidental. It has a Market Perform rating on Hess.
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October 26, 2014
17:07 EDTCOPVenezuela decides against Citgo sale, WSJ says
Venezuela has decided against selling its U.S. refining unit Citgo, says the Wall street Journal. Earlier this year Venezuelan officials indicated that they were looking to sell Citgo for as much as $10B, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
October 23, 2014
10:15 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum expects to meet 2017 productoin target of 120+ MBoed
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10:14 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum: Permian Resources production growth of 20% in 2015
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10:12 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum expects overall capital program to decline in 2015
the decline is due to the absence of California and the completion of multiple long-term projects. Expects a significant decline in spending in the Middle East as it reaps the benefits of some of earlier long-term investments. The majority of capital budgeted for next year will be allocated to domestic oil and gas drilling opportunities. Some of the reduction in program on long-term projects will be allocated to profitable growth opportunities in Permian Resources, Midstream and Chemicals.
10:10 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum has no intention of acquiring public companies
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10:10 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum plan to operate Williston/Piceance basins with less capital
The company plans to operate the basins with less capital in order to generate free cash and shift investment toward higher growth and higher operations in Permian Basin. The company continues to make progress in negotiations with partners in Middle East towards a partial monetization. Expects to achieve similar balance in asset mix, with at least 60% of oil and gas production coming from the U.S. Expects to monetize remaining interest in General Partner of Plains All American Pipeline valued at more than $4B. Expects to generate large a mount of cash proceeds from strategic initiatives. The bulk of these proceeds will be used for share repurchases and hope to reinvest in the business through attractive bolt-on property acquisitions in core area of the Permian Basin.
10:07 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum sees continued Permian oil production growht in Q4
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10:05 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum received $5B from bond offering completed by Calif Resource
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07:06 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum reports Q3 core EPS $1.58, consensus $1.57
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October 22, 2014
16:13 EDTOXYCalifornia Resources reports Q3 net income of $188M
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15:37 EDTOXYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
10:09 EDTHESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
06:50 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:37 EDTHESHess Corp. reinstated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Target $104.
October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTOXY, HESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTHESHess Corp. upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter
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08:29 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter
Global Hunter upgraded Occidental to Accumulate based on favorable risk/reward, balance sheet strength, and ongoing asset monetization catalysts. Price target lowered to $105 from $110 based on based on a lower commodity price outlook.
06:41 EDTOXYOman Oil mulls purchase of Oxy sultanate assets, Reuters says
Oman Oil CEO Isam al-Zadjali said that the company has entered negotiations with Occidental Petroleum to purchase the U.S. company's assets in the Gulf Arab sultanate, but is still waiting to understand the terms of the possible deal, according to Reuters, citing comments from al-Zadjali. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
13:54 EDTCOPGulf states to oppose OPEC oil production ceiling cut, WSJ says
Despite the recent turmoil in the oil market, Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are seen as opposing OPEC oil-production ceiling cuts at next month's meeting, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
08:14 EDTOXYInternational E&P price targets lowered at Wells Fargo
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