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April 21, 2014
11:53 EDTBHI, HAL, SLB, WFTHalliburton hits 52-week high after results top expectations
Shares of oilfield services company Halliburton (HAL) hit a new 52-week high after the company's first quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Halliburton reported Q1 continuing operating earnings per share of 73c and revenue of $7.3B, topping expectations of 71c and $7.24B, respectively. The company forecast its Q2 EPS to be up approximately 25%, compared to consensus of 91c, and said "further increases" will follow. For Q2, the company expects low double-digit percentage revenue improvement and margins to move solidly into the mid-teens. On its conference call, management said that 2014 will be a transitional year for Latin America. The company said that constitutional changes in Mexico seem to be progressing as planned and it believes foreign investment in the market will be beneficial to the company beginning in 2015. Halliburton also said it is starting to "feel a momentum swing" in North America. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the oil services space space include Schlumberger (SLB), Baker Hughes (BHI), and Weatherford (WFT). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Halliburton rose $1.93, or about 3.2%, to $62.83 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $63.88. Weatherford (WFT), which is scheduled to report on its quarter this Friday, April 25, is up 0.7% to $18.34. Meanwhile, Schlumberger (SLB), which reported Thursday morning, is up 1.7% today to $101.56 and Baker Hughes (BHI), which also reported Thursday before the open, is up 1.8% to $69.57.
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February 3, 2016
18:34 EDTBHI, HALEuropean Commission extends review of Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger by 20 days
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17:22 EDTWFTWeatherford sees 2016 CapEx $300M, down 56% y/y
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17:19 EDTWFTWeatherford announces additional headcount reduction of 6,000
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17:17 EDTWFTWeatherford successfully completes headcount reduction target of 14,000
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17:16 EDTWFTWeatherford reports Q4 EPS (13c), consensus (19c)
Reports Q4 revenue $2.01B, consensus $2B.
February 2, 2016
05:36 EDTWFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MAT WFT
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January 29, 2016
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 18 to 619 rigs
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January 28, 2016
20:07 EDTBHISuperior Drilling to host business news update conference call
Business news update conference call to be held on January 29 at 9 am. Webcast Link
16:22 EDTBHISuperior Drilling to supply Baker Hughes with Strider Drill System
Superior Drilling (SDPI) announced that it reached an agreement to supply the company's Strider Drill String Oscillation System and related services to Baker Hughes (BHI). The Strider utilizes its unique patent-pending design to reduce drill string friction on horizontal wells, resulting in improved rates of penetration and cost savings. Its revolutionary engineering provides a cost effective alternative to conventional downhole vibration tools.
10:04 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:06 EDTHAL, BHIBaker Hughes says 'fully dedicated' to closing merger as early as possible
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08:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes sees rig activity worldwide to continue to decline throughout 2016
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08:04 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q4 adjusted EPS (21c), consensus (10c)
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07:39 EDTSLBCameron expects transaction with Schlumberger to close in 1Q16
06:07 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group
KLR Group analyst Darren Gacicia upgraded Halliburton (HAL) to Buy saying the risk/reward is favorable at current share levels. North America should be the first region to increase oil production activity in a recovery, and Halliburton has high exposure, Gacicia tells investors in a research note. Further, investor concerns related to the Baker Hughes (BHI) merger may present a positive catalyst for the shares whether the merger is completed or terminated, the analyst contends. He believes both companies remain motivated to complete the deal. Gacicia keeps a $44 price target for Halliburton shares. The oil services company closed yesterday up 12c to $29.06.
January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTBHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:27 EDTHALOptions with increasing call volume
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January 26, 2016
10:00 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
08:00 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton weakness a buying opportunity for long-term investors, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Halliburton (HAL) is a buying opportunity with or without Baker Hughes (BHI) as an acquisition. The firm believes the company offers the highest quality play on a recovery in North American oil prices. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on Halliburton shares.
05:35 EDTHALHalliburton downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC
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