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June 24, 2014
07:33 EDTMUR, HES, OXY, COPExploration 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.
News For COP;HES;MUR;OXY From The Last 14 Days
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April 22, 2015
12:13 EDTCOPStone Energy to abandon Harrier prospect in Gulf of Mexico
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10:48 EDTCOPConocoPhillips exploring sale of some North Sea assets, Bloomberg reports
ConocoPillips is weighing the sale of some of its Norway North Sea assets, Bloomberg reports, citing two sources. The oil producer may look to sell stakes in the Aasta Hansteen, Alvheim and Grane fields, assets in Norway that are operated by others, the sources say. Reference Link
10:25 EDTHES, MURNomura U.S. energy analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:02 EDTMUR, HESOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... American Water (AWK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Anadarko (APC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Apache (APA) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Associated Banc Corp (ASB) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Concho Resources (CXO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Consolidated Edison (ED) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Continental Resources (CLR) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... DTE Energy (DTE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Denbury Resources (DNR) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Dominion (D) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Edison International (EIX) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Encana (ECA) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Eversource (ES) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Exelon (EXC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... FirstEnergy (FE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Great Plains Energy (GXP) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Media General (MEG) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Medley Capital (MCC) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Murphy Oil (MUR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Newtek Business Services (NEWT) initiated with a Neutral at Ladenburg... NextEra Energy (NEE) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Noble Energy (NBL) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PG&E (PCG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... PPL Corp. (PPL) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... PSEG (PEG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Pinnacle West (PNW) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Range Resources (RRC) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Southern Company (SO) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Zogenix (ZGNX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
08:44 EDTCOPConocoPhillips updates Angola, Gulf of Mexico drilling results
ConocoPhillips announced the Omosi-1 deepwater exploration well in Block 37 offshore Angola in the Kwanza Basin has been drilled to a total depth of 20,666 feet. A gas column of approximately 525 feet was encountered in the primary objective reservoir. No further activity is planned. The well has been plugged and abandoned. In the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the Harrier prospect in Mississippi Canyon Block 118 has been drilled to a total depth of 19,400 feet. No commercial hydrocarbons were encountered. The well will be plugged and abandoned. Stone Energy Offshore, L.L.C. was a non-operating co-owner in the Harrier prospect. An after-tax charge relating to the two wells of approximately $142M net to ConocoPhillips will be recorded to dry hole expense in the first quarter of 2015. The total before-tax exploration expense for the quarter is estimated to be $482M, which includes dry hole, leasehold impairment, G&A, and G&G expense.
07:12 EDTMURMurphy Oil initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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07:12 EDTHESHess Corp. initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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April 21, 2015
14:31 EDTCOPConocoPhillips mulls sale of three non-operated fields, Bloomberg says
The sale may fetch up to $1B, added Bloomberg.
12:59 EDTCOPExxon Mobil CEO sees continued pressure on oil prices, WSJ says
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April 20, 2015
08:32 EDTCOPBofA/Merrill European strategists hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 17, 2015
08:29 EDTCOPU.S. may be at, or near, peak oil output, WSJ says
New data and forecasts suggest lower crude prices are finally prompting U.S. energy companies to cut back their crude output, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing reports from OPEC, the DOE and North Dakota. Publicly traded oil majors include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Publicly traded drillers and oil services companies include Baker Hughes (BHI), Diamond Offshore (DO), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), Noble Corp. (NE), Rowan Companies (RDC), Schlumberger (SLB), Transocean (RIG) and Weatherford (WFT). Reference Link
April 14, 2015
06:40 EDTCOPU.S. shale forecast, Yemen fighting lift oil prices, Reuters says
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April 13, 2015
11:16 EDTCOPConocoPhillips looks to sell noncore U.S. acreage, Reuters says
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April 12, 2015
16:49 EDTCOPIEA says Iran nuke deal to have limited impact on supply for years, Reuters says
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