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June 25, 2014
08:29 EDTBHP, CEO, SHI, PTRBofA/Merrill Asian LNG market analysts hold a conference call
Regional Head of Asia Pacific Oil & Gas, China Large Cap Oils Sonia Song discuss the Asian LNG Market outlook and the opportunities from oversupply on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on June 25 at 9 am.
News For PTR;CEO;BHP;SHI From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
10:13 EDTCEOHigh option volume stocks
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August 27, 2015
10:33 EDTBHPFreeport McMoRan surges after further cut to capital spending plans
Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) are surging in morning trading after the company announced plans to cut spending and production in response to current market conditions. It also plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. WHAT'S NEW: Freeport-McMoRan this morning reduced its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. The 2016 CapEx outlook includes $1.4B in mining projects, $600M in mining sustaining capital and $2B in oil and gas expenditures. The company said it will reduce copper sales by about 150M pounds per year in 2016 and 2017 and cut 2016 unit site production by 20%. Additionally, the company plans to reduce 2016 minerals exploration costs to $50M from $100M. Freeport also said it expects a 10% reduction in employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. The company cited recent declines in copper prices for the reductions and said the actions announced today are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans for its mining business. Freeport said it views the long-term outlook for its business "positively," helped by limitations on copper supply. In the near-term, however, Freeport said it will continue to monitor market conditions and capital spending, but is currently "adjusting operations to maximize current cash flow under weak market conditions while preserving its large mineral resources and growth options for the longer term." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Since late 2014, Freeport has cut its 2015 capital expenditure budget to $6.3B from $7.5B, including reductions of $700M in oil and gas expenditures and $500M in mining expenditures. Earlier this month, Freeport cuts its oil and gas capital budgets for 2016 and 2017 by $900M each in response to market conditions and maintained its expectations for $2.8B in O&G CapEx for this year. In July, after reporting its second straight quarterly loss, Freeport said its cost reduction plans would include potential adjustments to mine plans and future copper and molybdenum production volumes to reduce costs and preserve valuable resources for anticipated improved market conditions in the future. Freeport previously commented that it would pursue additional capital cost reductions, potential additional divestitures or monetizations and other actions as required to maintain a strong balance sheet while preserving a strong resource position. PRICE ACTION: Freeport-McMoRan is up 16.5% to $9.22 in morning trading. Shares are down over 60% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other major integrated mining companies include Rio Tinto (RIO), BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale S.A. (VALE).
10:00 EDTBHP, CEOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:09 EDTCEOCNOOC upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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07:54 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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August 26, 2015
10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:16 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded at RBC Capital
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07:08 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
August 25, 2015
12:17 EDTBHPBHP Billiton technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:36 EDTCEOCNOOC upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
09:26 EDTBHPBHP Billiton sees FY16, FY17 capex to decline from $11B in FY15
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09:24 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says commitment to the progressive dividend unchanged
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09:23 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY15 net profit down 86.2% to $1.91B
Reports FY15 revenue from continuing operations down 21.4% to $44.64B. Reports final dividend for current period of 62c, with a record date of September 11 and payment date of September 29.
07:44 EDTPTRPetroChina volatility elevated as oil trades at 6-year low, China cuts interest
PetroChina September call option implied volatility is at 48, October is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement.
August 19, 2015
05:34 EDTCEOCNOOC signs PSCs with ROC
CNOOC Limited announced that its parent company, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, has signed two production sharing contracts with Roc Oil Company for Blocks 16/07 and 03/33 in the South China Sea. The two blocks mentioned above are located in the Pearl River Mouth Basin in the South China Sea. Block 16/07 covers a total area of 2,743 square kilometers and has a water depth of approximately 100 meters. Block 03/33 covers a total area of 2,367 square kilometers and has a water depth of 65-145 meters. According to the terms of the PSCs, ROC shall act as the operator during the exploration period and conduct exploration activities in the two blocks mentioned above, in which all expenditures incurred will be borne by ROC. Once entering the development phase, CNOOC has the right to participate in up to 51% of the working interest in any commercial discoveries of the blocks. After signing the above-mentioned PSCs, CNOOC will assign all of its rights and obligations under such contracts, except for those relating to CNOOC's administrative functions to CNOOC China Limited, a subsidiary of CNOOC Limited.

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