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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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July 21, 2014
06:59 EDTHALHalliburton board increases share repurchase authorization to $6B
06:56 EDTHALHalliburton appoints Jeff Miller to President and COO effective August 1
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06:23 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
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July 20, 2014
11:49 EDTHALHalliburton shares could rise 20%, Barron's says
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July 18, 2014
15:02 EDTHALHalliburton technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:04 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 4 to 1871
Baker Hughes announced that the U.S. Rig Count is down 4 rigs from last week to 1871, with oil rigs down 9 to 1554, gas rigs up 4 to 315, and miscellaneous rigs up 1 to 2. Says the U.S. Rig Count is up 101 rigs from last year at 1770, with oil rigs up 159, gas rigs down 54, and miscellaneous rigs down 4. The U.S. Offshore rig count is 57, up 1 rig from last week, and unchanged year over year.
08:35 EDTSLBSchlumberger 'bullish' on China although expectations are tempered
08:31 EDTSLBSchlumberger maintains outlook for FY14, due to mix of headwinds and tailwinds
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July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTSLBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:19 EDTSLBSchlumberger says global economic outlook continues to be mixed
The company said, "the overall global economic outlook continues to be mixed as the US recovery from the effects of the unusually harsh winter coupled with a weaker forecast in Brazil, anemic growth in the Eurozone, and stabilizing GDP in China produce a slightly more cautious short-term GDP growth outlook. The fundamentals for a slow and steady recovery, however, remain intact. On the other hand, the gap between oil supply and demand is tightening on stronger demand and lower non-OPEC supply leading to narrower spare capacity and consequent support for oil prices that modulate customer spend. Natural gas markets on the other hand appear comfortably supplied with little upward pressure on prices. We believe that this outlook will be slow to change and that the scenario for growth that we unveiled at our investor conference in New York last month is highly realistic. The opportunities that new technologies offer in response to customer challenges coupled with greater integration will lead to clearly differentiated financial growth that can only be augmented by the gains that increased reliability and efficiency will provide. In this environment, Schlumberger will continue to outperform.
16:17 EDTSLBSchlumberger reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.37, consensus $1.36
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15:26 EDTSLBNotable companies reporting after market close
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06:33 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q2 adjusted EPS 92c, consensus 90c
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July 16, 2014
15:27 EDTBHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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06:27 EDTSLBSchlumberger July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:12 EDTSLBPrecision Drilling announces strategic agreement with Schlumberger
Precision Drilling (PDS) announced it had entered into a strategic technology and service agreement and marketing alliance with Schlumberger (SLB). The agreement aims to increase the industrialization of unconventional drilling in North America through an engineered approach that utilizes Precision's Tier 1 drilling rigs and allows Precision access to Schlumberger's bottomhole assembly and services. The agreement applies to Canada and the Lower 48 states in the U.S. and includes contract drilling services, downhole drilling and measurement technology, engineering expertise and operational training. Through this agreement, Precision will continue to expand its integrated directional drilling services utilizing Schlumberger's downhole tools and related services supported by drilling engineering and modeling, component integration, industry leading subsurface knowledge and expertise, and high-quality measurements.
July 14, 2014
07:30 EDTWFTWeatherford to sell Rosneft Russia and Venezuelan operations for $500M
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July 11, 2014
13:09 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 1875
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09:56 EDTHALHalliburton announces joint venture with SPT Energy Group
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06:10 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q2 U.S. onshore well count up 428 from Q1 to 9,394
Baker Hughes announced that the U.S. onshore well count for Q2 was 9,394 wells, up 428 wells or 5% compared to Q1. Compared to 2Q13, the well count was up 383 wells or 4%. Compared to Q1, the well count increased most notably in the Permian basin, up 265 wells or 11%, Marcellus, up 78 wells or 16%, and Granite Wash, up 31 wells or 23%, basins. This increase was slightly offset by decreases predominantly in the Barnett, down 57 wells or 18%, and Cana Woodford, down 23 wells or 26%. The average US onshore rig count for Q2 1,796 rigs, up 72 rigs or 4% from the Q1 and up 87 rigs or 5% from 2Q13. On average, the US onshore rig fleet produced 5.23 new wells during the quarter, which represents a slight improvement in drilling efficiencies compared to the same quarter in 2013.
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