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June 16, 2014
16:12 EDTNBL, BPNoble acquires 50% of BP's interest in deepwater exploration leases
Noble Energy (NBL) announced that it has reached an agreement with BP Exploration & Production to acquire 50% of BP's (BP) interest in 17 deepwater exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico. Each of the leases resides in the Atwater Valley protraction area, with Noble Energy acquiring a 50% working interest in 13 leases and an average 26% working interest in four leases. As part of the transaction, Noble Energy is participating with a 50% working interest in the Bright prospect, which is currently drilling on Atwater Valley Block 362 in a water depth of approximately 5,600 feet. The initial well, targeting multiple Upper and Middle Miocene reservoirs, is anticipated to be drilled to a total depth of 13,500 feet. The company's total estimated gross unrisked resource range for the Bright prospect is 90M-350M barrels of oil equivalent.
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May 27, 2015
10:14 EDTBPAnalyst says China trend good for oil equities
China's demand for oil has been stronger than expected and the trend should be positive for oil companies' stocks, research firm Bernstein wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Chinese oil imports reached a record high in April, rising 9% versus the same period a year earlier, Bernstein analyst Neil Beveridge reported. The imports have exceeded expectations and have been boosted by high gasoline demand, according to the analyst. The high gasoline demand in China, in turn, has been driven by a 50% year-over-year increase in the sales of SUVs, according to Beveridge. Analysts will respond to this trend by increasing their global oil demand estimates, he predicted. Oil prices are likely to rise in the near-term, providing a tailwind for oil equities, according to Beveridge, who identified InterOil (IOC) and China's CNOOC (CEO) as two of his favorite names in the Asian region. Other publicly traded companies in the oil space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors (TTM), is launching its Range Rover Evoque SUV in China this fiscal year, but is having trouble ramping up production of the vehicle, Forbes reported last week. PRICE ACTION: in early trading, CNOOC was flat at $162.50 and InterOil slipped fractionally to $46.58.
May 22, 2015
09:57 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:00 EDTBPBP upgraded to Neutral on reduced Russia risk at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded BP (BP) to Neutral citing less risk in Russia and a pathway to cash flow neutrality in 2017. JPMorgan this morning also upgraded Total (TOT) to Overweight and Eni SpA (E) to Neutral.
05:32 EDTBPBP upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
May 21, 2015
07:25 EDTBPUBS to hold a conference
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May 20, 2015
17:04 EDTBPBP to pay Transocean $125M in compensation for legal fees
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17:03 EDTBPTransocean reaches settlement agreements with BP, PSC
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15:01 EDTBPHalliburton reaches agreement with BP to resolve remaining issues
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07:26 EDTNBLUBS to hold a conference
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May 19, 2015
09:45 EDTNBLNoble Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter
07:44 EDTNBLCowen sees energy M&A focusing on accretive deals from non-core assets
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May 18, 2015
10:01 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTBPBP downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman downgraded BP to Sell based on limited upstream growth, a slowdown in asset disposals, and ongoing overhang from Macondo.
May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTNBLPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTNBLSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTNBLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
06:44 EDTBPEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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