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October 15, 2012
06:02 EDTCVX, RDS.A, BP, XOM, TSO, CVIU.S. oil production surges but consumers paying more, WSJ reports
Soaring U.S. oil production is pushing down domestic benchmark crude prices and delivering a windfall to some refiners and their investors. But it's not helping consumers at the pump, reports the Wall Street Journal. U.S. crude production is expected to rise 12% this year and 8% in 2013, when it will hit the highest level since 1993, according to government figures. The price of West Texas crude, the U.S. benchmark, has fallen 7% this year, held down by rising supplies from new drilling methods. Still, gasoline prices currently average nearly $4 per gallon nationwide. Reference Link
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September 4, 2014
16:00 EDTBPOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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14:16 EDTBPBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' for Gulf oil spill, bearish pattern
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12:34 EDTBPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after the ECB lowered its benchmark interest rate and took additional measures in an attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. The averages had some early momentum, but found a level about an hour into trading around which they have since traded in a narrow range. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll provider ADP estimated private sector employment increased by 204K jobs in August, which was below the consensus forecast for 215K private sector jobs to have been added. Initial jobless claims rose 4K to 302K in the week ended August 30, which was close to the 300K estimate. The trade deficit narrowed slightly to $40.5B in July, beating expectations for a deficit of $42.5B. Second quarter nonfarm productivity growth was revised lower to 2.3% versus the 2.5% pace reported initially. Unit labor costs were revised down to a decrease of 0.1% from a rise of 0.6% estimated previously. Markit's services PMI for August came in at 59.5, versus a consensus forecast of 58.5. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI for August had a reading of 59.6, easily topping the 57.7 consensus estimate. In Europe, the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut the rate at which it issues short-term loans to banks to 0.05% from 0.15% and lowered its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The ECB also announced plans to buy asset-backed securities, which the central bank's president Mario Draghi said will have a “sizable” impact on its balance sheet without providing further details on the size of the planned purchases. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of oil major BP (BP) trading in New York fell about 6% after a federal judge ruled that the company acted with "gross negligence" in causing the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 that was the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who held a trial without a jury over who was at fault, also found Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) "negligent," but rested much more of the blame on BP, with 67% of the liability assigned to BP, 30% to Transocean and 3% to Halliburton. Afterward, BP said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will immediately appeal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Mattress Firm (MFRM), which rose 12%, and Methode Electronics (MEI), which gained 16%. Also higher was Bolt Technology (BOLT), which surged 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Teledyne Technologies (TDY) for $22.00 per share in cash. Shares of Teledyne advanced nearly 2% following last night's deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Matrix Service (MTRX), which dropped 21% after its earnings for the just completed quarter and its profit forecast for its new fiscal year fell short of analysts' expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ciena (CIEN), which fell over 7%, and Shoe Carnival (SCVL), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 43.83, or 0.26%, to 17,122.11, the Nasdaq was up 15.15, or 0.33%, to 4,587.71, and the S&P 500 was up 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,005.95.
12:13 EDTBPBP puts active after Gulf of Mexico decision
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12:11 EDTBPCourt rules Halliburton 'negligent' in Macondo incident conduct
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11:51 EDTBPBP reiterated as a Buy at Jefferies
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11:28 EDTBPBP says 'strongly disagrees' with gross negligence ruling, will appeal
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11:20 EDTBPStocks with increasing options volume
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11:09 EDTBPBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' in spill ruling
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11:05 EDTBPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:44 EDTBPBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has found BP (BP) "grossly negligent" in its handling of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for nearly three months, Bloomberg reports. Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) were also involved in the case, but the federal judge did not find them as responsible as BP for the spill. BP could face fines of up to $18B for the spill. Reference Link
10:44 EDTBPHigh option volume stocks
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10:27 EDTBPBP continues lower after company found grossly negligent by judge
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10:18 EDTBPBP down 2% after company reportedly found grossly negligent
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10:17 EDTBPBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
08:54 EDTTSOTesoro sees moderate global economic growth , 2-2.5% US GDP growth
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September 3, 2014
17:19 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Slagen Refinery project to upgrade fuel oil
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.
15:56 EDTBPBP acquires Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation to expand in Scandinavia
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06:38 EDTBPBP aims to dismiss claims administrator in Gulf spill suit, Reuters says
BP approached a U.S. court and asked for the dismissal of court-appointed lawyer, Patrick Janeau, who was in-charge of paying out compensation to people impacted by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying Janeau had not revealed an alleged conflict of interest before accepting the job offer, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the oil company. Reference Link
September 2, 2014
09:02 EDTBPHalliburton reaches $1.1B settlement on claims related to Macondo
Halliburton (HAL) announced that it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffs’ class claims asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The approximately $1.1B settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and will be paid into a trust until all appeals have been resolved in three installments over the next two years. The company’s previously accrued loss contingency provision relating to the multi-district litigation proceedings is currently $1.3B. The agreement includes the following: Claims against Halliburton that BP (BP) assigned to the settlement class in BP’s April 2012 settlement, Punitive damages claims against Halliburton by a class of plaintiffs who allege damages to property or associated with the commercial fishing industry arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident, and Affirmation that Halliburton has no liability for compensatory damages to the members of the settlement class in the BP April 2012 settlement. Payments will be held in the trust, pending the finalization of this settlement which is contingent on final Court approval, including any appeals of: The BP 2012 settlement with the settlement class, The District Court’s earlier determination that the contractual indemnity provided by BP to Halliburton is valid and enforceable, and The District Court’s earlier dismissal of economic damage claims against Halliburton. Additionally, the settlement is subject to an agreed-upon level of participation by the current claimants which, if not achieved, allows Halliburton to terminate the agreement.
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