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April 21, 2014
11:53 EDTWFT, BHI, HAL, SLBHalliburton 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.
News For HAL;WFT;SLB;BHI From The Last 14 Days
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December 21, 2014
11:32 EDTSLBChevron, Occidental Petroleum, three others look cheap, Barron's says
Chevron (CVX), Occidental Petroleum (OXY), Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), EOG Resources (EOG), and Schlumberger (SLB) look cheap due to the drop in oil prices and this could be an opportunity to buy, Barron's contends in its cover article. Reference Link
December 19, 2014
13:08 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 18 to 1875
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10:17 EDTWFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aviva (AV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded at SunTrust... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... EPR Properties (EPR) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... First Marblehead (FMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... NewStar Financial (NEWS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Teekay Tankers (TNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tidewater (TDW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... WPP PLC (WPPGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering.
09:26 EDTWFTWeatherford upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering
December 18, 2014
10:01 EDTBHI, HALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:17 EDTHALHalliburton upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
06:16 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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December 17, 2014
12:51 EDTHAL, SLB, BHI, WFTNY state to ban fracking next year, CNBC reports
Publicly traded companies in the oil services space include Baker Hughes (BHI), Diamond Offshore (DO), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), Noble Corp. (NE), Rowan Companies (RDC), Schlumberger (SLB), Transocean (RIG) and Weatherford (WFT).
10:02 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTBHIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
08:53 EDTHALHalliburton downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil
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08:53 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil
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December 15, 2014
10:54 EDTHALStocks with call strike movement; TWTR HAL
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December 12, 2014
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 27 to 1893
Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count is down 27 rigs from last week to 1893, with oil rigs down 29 to 1546, gas rigs up 2 to 346, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.
11:15 EDTHALStocks with call strike movement; AAL HAL
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December 10, 2014
08:01 EDTHALCapital One to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTSLB, HALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:53 EDTHALHalliburton downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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05:50 EDTSLBSchlumberger downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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