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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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April 17, 2015
06:33 EDTHAL, BHISources: Halliburton hires BofA, Deutsche Bank to sell assets, Reuters reports
According to sources, Reuters reports that Bank of America (BAC) and Deutsche Bank (DB) have been hired by Halliburton (HAL) to sell two assets that could be valued at up to $5B. Bank of America will work to sell some of Halliburton's Sperry Drilling business, including logging-while-drigging, directional drilling and measuring-while-drilling, while Deutsche Bank is mandated to sell Halliburton's drill bits businesses. Halliburton is seeking to divest some assets to ease regulators' antitrust concerns in its $35B merger deal with Baker Hughes (BHI). Reference Link
05:17 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees supply tightening further in second half
Schlumberger Chairman and CEO Paal Kibsgaard commented, Looking at the macro environment, the global economy continues its steady recovery, and oil demand is still expected to increase by 1 million bbl/d in 2015. However, the significant reductions in E&P spend are starting to impact supply in both North America and internationally, and supply is expected to tighten further in the second half of the year. The largest drop in E&P investment is occurring in North America, where 2015 spend is expected to be down by more than 30%. We believe that a recovery in US land drilling activity will be pushed out in time, as the inventory of uncompleted wells builds and as the re-fracturing market expands. We also anticipate that a recovery in activity will fall well short of reaching previous levels, hence extending the period of pricing weakness. Internationally, we expect 2015 E&P spending to fall around 15%, which will create challenges in terms of both activity and pricing levels, but these challenges will be considerably less than the headwinds we are facing in North America. By geography, we anticipate growth in our key markets in the Middle East as the core OPEC producers continue to pursue market share as the non-OPEC part of the international supply base continues to weaken. Elsewhere, we expect to see overall activity reductions in Latin America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Asia, while in Russia, we believe that conventional land activity in Western Siberia will continue to be resilient, but that the revenue contribution from the region will remain subdued until the currency effects have normalized."
05:15 EDTSLBSchlumberger to reduce workforce by 11,000 employees
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April 16, 2015
19:00 EDTSLBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:10 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees FY15 CapEx approximately $2.5B
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16:06 EDTSLBSchlumberger reports Q1 EPS $1.06, consensus 91c
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15:53 EDTSLBSchlumberger April 92 straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q1
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15:23 EDTSLBNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:51 EDTSLBSchlumberger technical comments before earnings
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13:21 EDTBHIBaker Hughes volatility low into Q1 and outlook
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09:34 EDTWFTWeatherford downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter
09:34 EDTSLBSchlumberger downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter
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07:52 EDTSLBSchlumberger April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTSLBOptions expected to be active: NFLX SNDK UNH PNRA C GS SLB
April 15, 2015
08:58 EDTWFT, HALOil services stocks should be bought on dips, says BMO Capital
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06:16 EDTBHI, SLB, HAL, WFTOil layoffs reach 100,000 and still going, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
14:40 EDTSLBSchlumberger April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Schlumberger April call option implied volatility is at 53, May is at 27, August is at 23, November at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 16.
09:20 EDTHAL, SLB, BHIMorgan Stanley calls a bottom in Oil Services sector
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April 13, 2015
10:00 EDTSLBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTSLBSchlumberger downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Schlumberger to Market Perform based on valuation, international exposure, and continued weakening in the offshore space over the next two years.
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