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February 14, 2013
17:31 EDTMET, RIG, NE, HCAAppaloosa reports new stakes in HCA Holdings, MetLife, Transocean, Noble
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September 12, 2014
06:22 EDTHCAHCA Holdings initiated with an Outperform at Leerink
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September 11, 2014
07:49 EDTRIGTransocean management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Stockholm/Frankfurt on September 11 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
September 9, 2014
12:14 EDTHCAHospitals rise after analyst says positive trends continuing
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07:37 EDTHCADeutsche Bank ups price targets in Hospital space
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07:18 EDTNEStephens to hold an investor trip
Energy: Oilfield Services Investor Plane Trip travels throughout Texas and Oklahoma on September 9-10.
September 8, 2014
07:26 EDTHCAMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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September 6, 2014
18:25 EDTRIGTransocean shares could climb 33%, Barron's says
Transocean shares could rebound around 33%, as ocean drilling increases, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
07:50 EDTMETMetLife can fund any new capital requirements internally, says Wells Fargo
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September 4, 2014
16:24 EDTMETMetLife issues statement on preliminary SIFI designation
MetLife chairman, president and CEO Steven Kandarian issued the following statement after the Financial Stability Oversight Council notified the company that it has been preliminarily designated a non-bank Systemically Important Financial Institution, or SIFI: “MetLife strongly disagrees with the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s preliminary designation of MetLife as a SIFI. MetLife is not systemically important under the Dodd-Frank Act criteria. In fact, MetLife has served as a source of financial strength and stability during times of economic distress, including the 2008 financial crisis. The current regulatory system oversees a stable industry that pays out more than $500B every year. Imposing bank-centric capital rules on life insurance companies will make it more difficult for Americans to buy products that help protect their financial futures. At a time when government social safety nets are under increasing pressure and corporate pensions are disappearing, the goal of public policy should be to preserve and encourage competitively priced financial protection for consumers. MetLife is not ruling out any of the available remedies under Dodd-Frank to contest a SIFI designation.”
16:24 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTNENoble Corp. sees stock currently trading at or below tangible book value
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12:50 EDTNENoble Corp. does not rule out possible MLP structure, will continue evaluation
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12:48 EDTNENoble Corp. considering increased buybacks and possible dividend raise
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12:35 EDTRIGTransocean issues statement on court ruling related to Macondo well incident
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12:34 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after the ECB lowered its benchmark interest rate and took additional measures in an attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. The averages had some early momentum, but found a level about an hour into trading around which they have since traded in a narrow range. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll provider ADP estimated private sector employment increased by 204K jobs in August, which was below the consensus forecast for 215K private sector jobs to have been added. Initial jobless claims rose 4K to 302K in the week ended August 30, which was close to the 300K estimate. The trade deficit narrowed slightly to $40.5B in July, beating expectations for a deficit of $42.5B. Second quarter nonfarm productivity growth was revised lower to 2.3% versus the 2.5% pace reported initially. Unit labor costs were revised down to a decrease of 0.1% from a rise of 0.6% estimated previously. Markit's services PMI for August came in at 59.5, versus a consensus forecast of 58.5. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI for August had a reading of 59.6, easily topping the 57.7 consensus estimate. In Europe, the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut the rate at which it issues short-term loans to banks to 0.05% from 0.15% and lowered its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The ECB also announced plans to buy asset-backed securities, which the central bank's president Mario Draghi said will have a “sizable” impact on its balance sheet without providing further details on the size of the planned purchases. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of oil major BP (BP) trading in New York fell about 6% after a federal judge ruled that the company acted with "gross negligence" in causing the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 that was the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who held a trial without a jury over who was at fault, also found Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) "negligent," but rested much more of the blame on BP, with 67% of the liability assigned to BP, 30% to Transocean and 3% to Halliburton. Afterward, BP said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will immediately appeal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Mattress Firm (MFRM), which rose 12%, and Methode Electronics (MEI), which gained 16%. Also higher was Bolt Technology (BOLT), which surged 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Teledyne Technologies (TDY) for $22.00 per share in cash. Shares of Teledyne advanced nearly 2% following last night's deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Matrix Service (MTRX), which dropped 21% after its earnings for the just completed quarter and its profit forecast for its new fiscal year fell short of analysts' expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ciena (CIEN), which fell over 7%, and Shoe Carnival (SCVL), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 43.83, or 0.26%, to 17,122.11, the Nasdaq was up 15.15, or 0.33%, to 4,587.71, and the S&P 500 was up 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,005.95.
12:20 EDTNENoble Corp. sees change in Brazil government to loosen up rig procurement
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11:09 EDTRIGBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' in spill ruling
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10:44 EDTRIGBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has found BP (BP) "grossly negligent" in its handling of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for nearly three months, Bloomberg reports. Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) were also involved in the case, but the federal judge did not find them as responsible as BP for the spill. BP could face fines of up to $18B for the spill. Reference Link
10:26 EDTRIGHalliburton, Transocean cleared of gross negligence in spill, Bloomberg reports
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06:24 EDTMETMetLife to meet with regulators to decide if 'too big to fail', NY Post reports
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