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March 24, 2014
06:10 EDTPDSPrecision Drilling announces new contract awards, CapEx plan update
Precision Drilling announced new international contract awards and an update on its 2014 capital expenditure plan, which is now $634M. In the Middle East, the company has signed a multi-year contract for a Super Triple new build ST-2000 drilling rig that will be delivered late in Q4 of this year. In Mexico, the company has signed multi-year contracts for a total of six drilling rigs, including re-contracting three existing 3,000 horsepower rigs working for a major integrated project management, or IPM, service provider and contracting, as part of a consortium, for three 1,000 horsepower rigs. The 2014 CapEx plan of $634M is an increase of $119M from the plan announced during the company's February 14, Q4 and year end press release. The updated 2014 plan includes $320M for expansion capital, $195M for sustaining and infrastructure expenditures, and $119M to upgrade existing rigs. The company expects that the $634M will be split $597M in the Contract Drilling segment and $37M in the Completion and Production Services segment.
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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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