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April 21, 2014
11:53 EDTHAL, WFT, SLB, BHIHalliburton 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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August 29, 2014
18:01 EDTSLBSchlumberger executives sell company stock near record high, Barron's reports
From July 25 to August 28, four Schlumberger executives, including CFO Simon Ayat, sold thousands of shares of company stock, Barron's reports. Adjusted for dividends and splits, Schlumberger shares notched a record intra-day high of $118.76 on July 1, Barron's added. Reference Link
13:07 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 18 to 1914 rigs
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August 25, 2014
07:02 EDTHALMcDermott names Stuart Spence as CFO, effective August 23
McDermott International (MDR) announced that Stuart Spence has been appointed EVP and CFO following the departure of Perry L. Elders, SVP and CFO, effective August 23. Elders will be pursuing other opportunities. Immediately prior to joining McDermott, Spence served as Vice President, Artificial Lift for Halliburton Company (HAL), where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for Halliburtonís artificial lift product and service line.
August 24, 2014
14:44 EDTSLBSchlumberger acquisitions should help North American push, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
16:18 EDTWFTWeatherford recommends rejection of 'Mini-Tender' offer by TRC Capital
Weatherford International has received notification of an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 5M shares, or approximately 0.65%, of the outstanding ordinary shares of Weatherford at $21.15 per share. TRC Capital's offer is approximately 4.3% below Weatherford's closing price of $22.10 on August 18, the day before the offer commenced. Weatherford does not endorse this unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that shareholders reject the offer. Weatherford recommends that shareholders who have not responded to TRC Capital reject the offer by taking no action because the offer is at a price below the current market price for Weatherford shares and is subject to numerous conditions, including any decrease in the market price of Weatherford's shares and the ability of TRC Capital to obtain financing on satisfactory terms. Weatherford further recommends that shareholders who have already tendered shares in TRC Capital's offer withdraw their shares by providing the written notice described in the offering documents prior to the time of expiration stated in the offer, which is on Thursday, September 18.
August 21, 2014
09:15 EDTHALEnerCom to hold a conference
The Oil & Gas Conference to be held in Denver on August 18-21 with webcasted company presentations to begin on August 21 at 10 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
August 17, 2014
17:42 EDTSLBSchlumberger should see profits increase, Barron's says
Schlumberger should see profits increase as the company focuses on its North American business, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link

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