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February 19, 2014
11:27 EDTPDS, PKD, PES, NBRNabors Industries hits 52-week high after results top expectations
Shares of land drilling contractor Nabors Industries (NBR) are advancing after the company reported fourth quarter results that easily surpassed expectations. Notably, the company also struck an optimistic tone about its near-term outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Nabors Industries reported Q4 earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $1.61B, easily topping expectations of 20c and $1.55B, respectively. The company noted that its EPS results benefited by about 16c from tax benefits, the full recovery of receivables in a customer bankruptcy settlement, and early termination payments. Nabors said it believes 2013 will represent the low point in its "protracted five-year trough" and that beginning in its second quarter the company foresees "substantial year-over-year quarterly improvement, which should accelerate in the second half." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CLSA upgraded Nabors Industries to Outperform from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Nabors Industries rose $2.00, or 10.6%, to $20.64 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $20.74. Including today's move, the stock has gained about 14% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other drilling contractors include Parker Drilling (PKD), Precision Drilling (PDS) and Pioneer Energy Services (PES), which are all trading higher this morning.
News For NBR;PKD;PDS;PES From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2015
08:42 EDTNBRNabors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil
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September 30, 2015
18:28 EDTNBRCourt says Interior Department lacks authority for fracking rule, WSJ reports
A federal court judge ruled that the Interior Department lacked the authority to institute a stricter rule on fracking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Judge Scott Skavdahl's preliminary injunction. Publicly traded companies in the space include Baker Hughes (BHI), IHS Inc. (IHS), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), and Weatherford (WFT). Reference Link
07:07 EDTPKDDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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September 29, 2015
09:29 EDTNBR, PESDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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September 28, 2015
11:31 EDTNBRDeutsche Bank sees bottom nearing for offshore drillers, upgrades two in space
Detusche Bank upgraded Diamond Offshore (DO) and Transocean (RIG) to Hold from Sell, saying that the companies should be boosted by upcoming reductions in the number of drilling rigs deployed by energy companies. WHAT'S NEW: As many as 180 drilling vessels may cease activity over the next 12-18 months, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban today. The energy sector seems to have become "more realistic" about the need to reduce supply and the offshore drilling industry is "on the cusp of a major restructuring" that should mark the bottom for valuations and pricing, he explained. Addressing the long-term outlook of deepwater drilling, Urban contended that the consensus outlook, which predicts that deepwater drilling will disappear, is incorrect. In ten years, there will be demand for 320 floating rigs, versus the 225 that are active today, Urban predicted. Over the long-term ,energy companies will have to "go where the oil is," and the oil is located in deep water, the analyst explained. He raised his price target on Diamond to $21 from $17 and on Transocean to $10 from $6. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A former executive at Petrobras (PBR) testified to receiving payments made by someone claiming to be an agent of Transocean in exchange for a rig-operation contract, linking the offshore rig contractor for the first time to the corruption probe of Brazil's state-run oil company, reported Bloomberg on September 24. The news outlet cited testimony from last month as its source for the story. Subsequently, Transocean said that it had not identified any wrongdoing by its employees vis-a-vis Petrobras and is "committed to doing business lawfully and with the highest ethical standards." PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Diamond fell 4% to $17.62 and Transocean lost 1.75% to $12.36. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other oil and gas well drillers include Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ensco (ESV), Nabors Industries (NBR) and Seadrill (SDRL), all of which are in negative territory this morning.
07:25 EDTPKDJohnson Rice to hold a conference
2015 Johnson Rice Energy Conference is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 28-30.

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