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October 25, 2012
06:32 EDTPDSPrecision Drilling Q3 was hit by North America slowdown in demand
CEO Kevin Neveu commented: "Precision's Q3 results reflect weakening North American customer demand, a muted Canadian seasonal recovery, continued reductions in dry gas and gas-liquids drilling and a pause in the rapid growth of oil directed drilling in the North Dakota Bakken. Despite these challenging market conditions, we continue to see customer demand through additional long-term contracts for upgrades of Precision's existing rigs and for Precision's newly introduced "rack and pinion" heavy oil well service rig. These additional customer commitments coupled with the 11 contracted new build Super Series drilling rigs deployed during the third quarter demonstrate our ability to seize market opportunities backed with firm customer commitments." But he adds, "PDS is seeing increased long-term contracts for upgraded and new rigs. Neveu says Canadian drilling activity was 29% lower than a year earlier in 3Q while the US rig count industrywide is down 10%, and 7% lower than mid-year. He attributes that to oil-and-gas producer slowing capital spending to stay within 2012 budgets."
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July 24, 2014
06:30 EDTPDSPrecision Drilling reports Q3 EPS (C$0.02) vs. C$0.00 last year
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July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTPDSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTPDSPrecision Drilling upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering
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July 16, 2014
10:00 EDTPDSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTPDSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
06:59 EDTPDSPrecision Drilling upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Precision Drilling to Buy citing improved commodity pricing and a clearer path forward on LNG related drilling. The firm raised its price target for shares to C$16 from C$14.
06:12 EDTPDSPrecision 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.

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