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January 24, 2014
07:43 EDTRDC, ATW, RIG, NE, DO, HERO, ESVOffshore 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).
News For DO;ESV;HERO;NE;RIG;ATW;RDC From The Last 14 Days
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March 24, 2015
10:01 EDTATWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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March 23, 2015
16:39 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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15:44 EDTRIGTransocean sees 2015-2018 newbuild CapEx at $1B-$1.8B per year
Transocean currently forecasts 2015-2018 newbuild CapEx at $1B-$1.8B per year. To improve fleet quality, Transocean said it will divest or scrap non]core assets and invest in high]specification rigs. Transocean says exploration successes support long]term ultra]deepwater demand. Market conditions are currently challenging and the rig market, including ultra]deepwater, is temporarily oversupplied, Transocean added. Continued progress on margin improvement initiatives help mitigate deteriorating market conditions with objective of about $800M in margin improvement by year]end 2015. Transocean said it will remain "disciplined and prudent" in terms of capital investment. Information from slides for the company's presentation at the Scotia Howard Weil Energy Conference.
10:16 EDTNENoble Corp. says current annual dividend 'remains a priority'
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07:16 EDTATWHoward Weil to hold a conference
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March 20, 2015
07:19 EDTRDC, NE, DO, RIGWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
18:11 EDTRDCRowan Companies reports February fleet activity
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13:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:24 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; X RIG
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:50 EDTRIGTransocean reiterated as a Sell, target to $11 at Goldman
After the close, Transocean announced that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI for the Transocean Amirante was terminated due to the deteriorating security situation in Libya. The firm said these two announcements are indicative of the very weak contracting environment. Goldman reiterates its Sell rating on Transocean and lowered its price target to $11 from $12.
March 18, 2015
16:28 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet update summary
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11:03 EDTNEStocks with call strike movement; NE FCX
Noble Corp. (NE) June 16 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 54, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) August 21 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 49 according to IVolatility.
March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
March 16, 2015
09:26 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.

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