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February 27, 2015
09:58 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 500.com (WBAI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Akorn (AKRX) downgraded to Hold after share rally at Needham... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KLR Group... CA Technologies (CA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... CONE Midstream (CNNX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crane (CR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EnerNOC (ENOC) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Mavenir Systems (MVNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... NTELOS (NTLS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Ocwen (OCN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... Pegasystems (PEGA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Merriman... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Potbelly (PBPB) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Safe Bulkers (SB) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Sarepta (SRPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Spirit Realty (SRC) downgraded at RBC Capital... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... WCI Communities (WCIC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL MCD GOOG MNST BAC TSLA NFLX SINA AMZN WYNN
08:13 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $25M for .app web domain, BI says
Google has paid $25M for rights to the ".app" web domain, reports Business Insider, citing ICANN auction results. Reference Link
08:12 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia
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06:03 EDTGOOGGoogle Ventures' European arm takes stake in Kobalt, FT reports
Google Ventures' European unit has led a $60M investment round in Kobalt, a music technology company that helps songwriters collect fees from outlets like YouTube and Spotify, The Financial Times reports. Reference Link
February 26, 2015
18:28 EDTGOOGGoogle co-founders sell $113M in stock, Barron's says
Google CEO Larry Page sold 83,334 class A shares for $45.14M and 83,334 class C shares for $45M and co-founder Sergey Brin sold 16,626 class A shares for $8.93M and 16,666 class C shares for $8.91M, reports Barron's in its 'Inside Scoop' column. Reference Link
18:02 EDTBPHelix Energy and BP amend and defer multi-year Q5000 contract
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16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 27.78. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR C ZNGA MCD RIG NFLX according to Track Data.
13:25 EDTGOOGGoogle to place ads in Google Play, may break up Google+, Forbes says
Google's product czar, Sundar Pichai, said the company will begin showing ads for apps in Google Play, and may break Google+ into pieces, according to Forbes. The company also plans new initatives in payments, commerce and enterprise apps, and would welcome the chance to reenter the Chinese market, Forbes quoted the executive as saying. Reference Link
12:50 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with MKM Partners
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10:40 EDTGOOGDish could consider partnering with Google in wireless, The Information says
According to The Information, Dish Network (DISH) is likely to play a large role in the telecommunications industry in the coming years, and could look to form a partnership with Google (GOOG), something the companies have previously discussed. Though Google did not bid in the most recent auction of wireless spectrum, sources say Google executive Milo Medin, considered a bid. Reference Link
09:54 EDTRIGTransocean says well-positioned to deal with downturn in oil
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09:28 EDTGOOGSolarCity creates fund to finance $750M solar projects, Google invests $300M
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09:25 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:56 EDTGOOGGoogle reportedly announcing Android Pay at May conference, Ars Technica says
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06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle unifies two separate European units, Financial Times reports
Google is unifying its two separate European arms following a more challenging and combative regulatory landscape, reports the Financial Times. Matt Britain, who had led the company's northern and western arm, will take over the running of the new business. Britain said the structure would allow the company to better respond to local conditions and opportunities. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGYouTube revenue growing but did not contribute to earnings, WSJ reports
Google's YouTube posted 2014 revenue of $4B although it did not contribute to earnings, reports the Wall Street Journal, according to two people familiar with its financials. One step that may hope to boost viewership include playing more videos automatically, a feature that is expected to roll out shortly. Reference Link
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Android for Work program
The company said on its Official Blog: "Over a billion people today carry Android smartphones -- devices that are more powerful than the computers we used just a few years ago. For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals. But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace. Their business and innovation potential remain largely untapped. We're announcing the Android for Work program to tap into that potential. With a group of partners, we're helping businesses bring more devices to work by securing, managing and innovating on the Android platform... Together with a wide range of management, application and device makers, we believe the Android for Work program provides businesses and workers with the choice and flexibility they need to get things done at work." Reference Link
06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle considering making investment in Jawbone, Re/code reports
Google is considering making a strategic investment in Jawbone, which makes wireless and wearable devices, sources tell Re/code. Jawbone has also been talking to other strategic investors, and the sources caution that talks with Google are preliminary. Reference Link
05:55 EDTRIGTransocean sees FY15 fleet average revenue efficiency 95%
Sees FY15 CapEx $1.8B.
05:53 EDTRIGTransocean reports Q4 adjusted EPS 95c, consensus 77c
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February 25, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:05 EDTRIGNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
14:57 EDTRIGMoody's downgrades Transocean rating to Ba1
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14:13 EDTGOOGGoogle unifying EU units amid regulatory pressures, FT says
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14:06 EDTGOOGMobileIron announces Cloud support for Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGCitrix extends collaboration with Google to include Android for Work
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14:03 EDTGOOGBlackBerry says working with Google to enable BES12
BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) announced that it is working with Google (GOOG) to enable BES12: a cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry to manage devices equipped with Android for Work, Google's solution to securely separate business and personal data and applications. BES12 will provide organizations with the most secure and flexible way to manage Android for Work. Android for Work smartphones and tablets will be natively managed within the BES12 environment.
13:56 EDTBPSaudi Arabia aims to become second-largest refined oil exporter, WSJ says
Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi said Wednesday it plans to become the world's second-largest refined oil product exporter by 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements given at a conference. Two new refineries in Saudi Arabia will add 800,000 BPD this year, and a planned 2017 refinery in Jazan will bring the kingdom's total capacity to over 3M BPD. 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
12:41 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Google Flights
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11:59 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; GPRO RIG
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09:48 EDTGOOGIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to propose new headquarters this week, NY Times says
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08:38 EDTRIGTransocean February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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08:26 EDTBPEnterprise Products probed by FTC after rivals complain, WSJ says
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06:45 EDTBPSaudi minister says demand for oil rising, Reuters reports
The price for Brent oil was little changed around $59 per barrel early this morning after Saudi Arbaia's energy minister said that demand for petroleum was increasing, according to Reuters. The minister added that oil markets "are calm now, Reuters added. 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
06:40 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires Toro, terms not disclosed
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06:01 EDTGOOGGlobal tablet shipments forecast at 221.4M units in 2015, DigiTimes says
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February 24, 2015
16:06 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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12:58 EDTRIGTransocean falls, levels to watch
The stock is down by over 2.4% to $15.84 at time of writing. At that price next major support is at the 52-week low at $14.50. Resistance is at $16.42, the high of the day. Susquehanna earlier downgraded the name to Negative, and cut its price target to $12.
07:30 EDTCARJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:49 EDTGOOGGoogle bans sexually explicit content from websites hosted on Blogger
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06:39 EDTGOOGVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:34 EDTGOOGGoogle said to be rearranging engineers in Glass department, 9to5Google reports
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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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13:45 EDTBPOpec may call emergency meeting if crude continues slide, FT says
According to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's oil minister, Opec members have discussed holding an emergency meeting if crude prices continue to tumble, says the Financial Times. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT).
12:33 EDTGOOGAndroid antitrust lawsuit against Google dismissed, Reuters says
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12:28 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:59 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:39 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:39 EDTGOOGYouTube confirms launch of kids app
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) YouTube confirmed its launch of the YouTube Kids app, "the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind," which the company said makes it safer and easier for children to find videos on topics they want to explore. The app is now available for free on Google Play and the App Store in the U.S. Reference Link
09:25 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Vietnam site disrupted by hackers, WSJ says
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08:09 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
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08:01 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle reaches preliminary agreement with Italian regulators, WSJ says
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February 22, 2015
11:59 EDTBPUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. 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
February 20, 2015
07:42 EDTGOOGFDA authorizes 23andMe to market genetic testing for Bloom Syndrome
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday authorized for marketing Google-backed 23andMe’s Bloom Syndrome carrier test, a direct-to-consumer genetic test to determine whether a healthy person has a variant in a gene that could lead to their offspring inheriting the serious disorder. Along with this authorization, the FDA is also classifying carrier screening tests as class II. In addition, the FDA intends to exempt these devices from FDA premarket review. The agency plans to issue a notice that announces the intent to exempt these tests and that provides a 30-day period for public comment.
07:37 EDTBPU.S. judge rejects BP request for lower fine per barrel, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has rejected BP's request for a maximum fine of $3,000 per barrel, upholding the maximum penalty of $4,300 per barrel, reports Reuters. The decision means the total fine for BP could reach $13.7B, though it is still unclear when a final decision will be reached. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell stated the company is considering its legal options. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube to release stand-alone app for kids, WSJ says
Google's YouTube is planning to release a smartphone and tablet app for kids featuring original episodes of television shows including "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Sesame Street," as well as content from existing YouTube kids channels, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The app -- slated for an official reveal Monday at the Kidscreen Summit -- will initially only be available for Android devices. The source said the inclusion of ads is "under discussion." Reference Link
February 19, 2015
14:59 EDTCARAvis Budget downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale
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06:58 EDTBPU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTGOOGYouTube to unveil paid music service soon, Reuters reports
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04:26 EDTRIGStocks with implied volatility movement; TSO RIG
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February 18, 2015
16:42 EDTCARAvis Budget sees FY15 EPS ex-items $3.15-$3.75, consensus $3.56
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16:40 EDTCARAvis Budget reports Q4 EPS ex-items 23c, consensus 20c
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15:35 EDTCARNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:15 EDTGOOGAngie's List could be more attractive to buyers given traction, says Barrington
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14:18 EDTRIGTransocean February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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11:49 EDTGOOGFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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10:05 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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06:56 EDTRIGTransocean initiated with an Underperform at BMO Capital
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06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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February 17, 2015
16:22 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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12:50 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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10:06 EDTRIGTransocean falls after cutting dividend, CEO departure, levels to watch
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08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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08:39 EDTBPBP to hold a webcast on energy outlook
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06:59 EDTRIGTransocean price target lowered to $6 from $16 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Transocean shares to $6 after the company announced an 80% dividend reduction and the departure of its CEO. Deutsche says reducing the dividend frees up about $800M per year and that the move will likely be viewed positively since an elimination was a potential outcome. The firm, however, expects the company's free cash flow to remain negative for the "foreseeable future" and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. Shares of the offshore driller are trading up 55c to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTBPBrent oil reaches $62 per barrel, Reuters reports
Driven higher by Middle East turbulence, the price of brent crude oil reached $62 per barrel today, close to its 2015 high, according to Reuters. 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
February 16, 2015
15:17 EDTRIGTransocean slashes dividend to 60c from $3.00, says CEO leaving
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14:25 EDTRIGTransocean to lower annual dividend to 60c per share
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10:29 EDTRIGTransocean announces departure of CEO Steven Newman
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February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTGOOGAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:43 EDTGOOGGoogle founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin each plan to sell 2M shares of stock
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12:40 EDTGOOGGoogle says to shut down Google Helpouts on April 20
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09:33 EDTGOOGMattel, Google confirm View-Master toy collaboration
Mattel (MAT), at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair in New York, unveiled a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) via which the two will launch a new "virtual reality" View-Master toy. Available fall 2015, consumers can purchase the View-Master viewer and a sample experience reel for SRP $29.99. Additional experience reel packs will be sold separately at retail for SRP $14.99.
06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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06:14 EDTGOOGSamsung, HTC, others to launch non-Android Wear smart devices, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to push 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 2015, DigiTimes Research reports
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