|07:43 EDT||RIG, ATW, RDC, DO, ESV, HERO, NE||Offshore Drilling sector cut to Underweight at Wells Fargo|
Wells Fargo downgraded the Offshore Drilling sector two notches to Underweight from Overweight saying it sees the potential for a value trap in 2014. Wells sees the possibility for more serious rate cutting as the prospect for idle time increases. Within the sector, Wells downgraded shares of Diamond Offshore (DO), Ensco (ESV), Hercules Offshore (HERO), Noble Corp. (NE) and Transocean (RIG) to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm keeps Outperform ratings on Atwood Oceanics (ATW) and Rowan Companies (RDC).