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February 25, 2013
07:25 EDTCOP, PTR, CVXChevron buying stakes in Australian shale gas assets, FT says
Chevron (CVX) has agreed to pay up to $349M for stakes in two Australian shale plays being developed by Beach Energy, according to Financial Times. Chevron's deal follows PetroChina's (PTR) recent agreement to explore for gas in Western Australia with partner ConocoPhillips (COP), the report noted. Reference Link
News For CVX;PTR;COP From The Last 14 Days
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September 1, 2015
14:30 EDTCOPConocoPhillips confirms plans to lay off 10% of workforce, Chronicle reports
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12:34 EDTCOPConocoPhillips to lay off 400 employees in Canada, Globe and Mail says
ConocoPhillips is laying off 400 employees and 100 contractors in Canada, reports the Globe and Mail. Company spokesman Rob Evans said the 400 employees represent about 15% of the company's workforce in Canada. The cuts will take effect in mid-October. Reference Link
09:08 EDTCOPConocoPhillips safely delivers first oil at Surmont 2
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August 31, 2015
12:53 EDTCVXChevron volatility elevated as WTI oil rally's 4% to $47
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10:02 EDTPTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:33 EDTPTRPetroChina downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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August 28, 2015
16:00 EDTCVXOptions Update; August 28, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.06 to 26.77 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC FCX NFLX RIG INTC TSLA CVX
14:23 EDTCOPConocoPhillips volatility elevated as WTI oil rally's 7% to $45
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13:35 EDTCVXChevron volatility elevated as WTI oil rally's 7% to $45
Chevron current 30-day call option implied volatility is at 33, compared to a one-month ago level of 22, suggesting large price movement as WTI crude oil trades above $45.
August 26, 2015
09:57 EDTCOPConocoPhillips considering offshore gas project to feed Darwin LNG, AFR reports
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August 25, 2015
07:44 EDTPTRPetroChina volatility elevated as oil trades at 6-year low, China cuts interest
PetroChina September call option implied volatility is at 48, October is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement.
August 24, 2015
09:45 EDTCVXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
07:07 EDTCVXChevron upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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August 23, 2015
17:49 EDTCOP, CVXIran to increase oil production as BP, Shell express interest, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
12:23 EDTCVXJim Chaos says he doesn't like Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell
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August 20, 2015
06:10 EDTCVX, COPAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. 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
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTCOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:23 EDTCOPOptions with increasing call volume
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