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January 24, 2014
07:43 EDTRIG, RDC, ATW, ESV, NE, DO, HEROOffshore 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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November 24, 2014
09:07 EDTNENoble Corp. weakness creates favorable entry point, says Argus
Argus believes that the recent decline in Noble Corp has created a favorable entry point, as the firm remains upbeat about the company's long-term earnings power.
November 19, 2014
10:39 EDTRIGTransocean mentioned as short idea by Parus' Chatin, Bloomberg reports
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November 18, 2014
16:20 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet update summary
Transocean issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since October 15. The total value of new contracts since the October 15, 2014 Fleet Status Report is approximately $83M.
10:54 EDTNEStocks with call strike movement; GNW NE
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November 17, 2014
07:12 EDTATW, DO, RIGBloomberg / Mayer Brown to co-host a conference
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November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTRIGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
11:28 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG GME
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10:03 EDTATWHigh option volume stocks
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November 13, 2014
15:45 EDTNE, DO, RIG, RDCHalliburton, Baker Hughes in fast-moving merger talks, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2014
07:59 EDTRDC, ATW, NEMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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November 11, 2014
11:45 EDTESVStocks with call strike movement; ESV DAL
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07:49 EDTRIGTransocean needs to reduce or end its dividend, says UBS
UBS noted offshore conditions continue to weaken as oil prices dampens rig demand to anemic levels. The firm believes Transocean needs to eliminate or materially reduce its dividend to weather the cyclical downturn, which could last an estimated 1-3 years. UBS maintains its Neutral rating and lowers its price target to $28 from $38 on Transocean shares.
07:07 EDTRDC, HEROHercules Offshore promotes Troy Carson to Senior VP, CFO effective November 21
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07:01 EDTRDCRowan Companies appoints Stephen Butz as CFO
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06:13 EDTRIGTransocean says 'market pause' has evolved into 'cyclical downturn'
On its Q3 earnings conference call, Transocean CEO Steve Newman said that the "market pause" has evolved into a "cycnical downturn." He commented that the industry has been through these downturns before and "Transocean is well positioned to managed through this one." Newman also said the decline in oil prices observed over the last three months could "temporarily exacerbate" the offshore rig supply imbalance that has already resulted in day rate and utilization pressures and potentially delay the cyclical recovery. Newman said his long-term bullish view of offshore drilling remains "intact."

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