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News For A;CVX;BP;XOM From The Last 14 Days
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January 29, 2016
17:12 EDTCVXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session in positive territory and remained there throughout the day. The early strength was attributed to the surprise cut in interest rates by the Bank of Japan that put the country in a negative interest rate scenario. The market gained strength throughout the day and put in gains of almost 2.5% in what was a broad based advance for the major averages. January closed out with two winning weeks, but the month was still a very bad one for stocks, as the S&P lost over 5% even after today's strong showing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The Chicago PMI business barometer bounced to 55.6 in January, topping forecasts for a 45.3 reading. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast. In a surprise move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined 7.6% to $587 after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings after last night's closing bell, gained 5.8% to $55.09... Confirming a news report that broke late in the day yesterday, Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Axiall (AXLL), which jumped 83% to $17.94 after it came to light that the company received, and rejected, an unsolicited proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK) offering to acquire the company for $20 per share in cash and stock. Also higher were Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA), which gained 7% and 6.4%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the notable losers was Gilead (GILD), which fell 5.5% to $82.70 after rival Merck (MRK) received FDA approval for its own hepatitis C drug. Also potentially weighing on Gilead shares was the fact that competitor AbbVie (ABBV) announced financial results for the fourth quarter, including sales of Viekira Pak, its own hep C treatment, that fell short of estimates. AbbVie fell 2.3% to $54.58 following its quarterly report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 396.66, or 2.47%, to 16,466.30, the Nasdaq gained 107.28, or 2.38%, to 4,613.95, and the S&P 500 added 46.88, or 2.48%, to 1,940.24.
15:10 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Exxon Mobil February weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, February is at 29, March is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
11:11 EDTCVXChevron sees 2016 production growth flat to up 4%
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11:08 EDTCVXChevron says total spend in 2015 down 12% from 2014
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11:04 EDTCVXChevron says priority is maintaining dividend
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11:00 EDTCVXStocks with call strike movement; QCOM CVX
Qualcomm (QCOM) July 50 call option implied volatility decreased 7% to 30, Chevron (CVX) June 95 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 30 according to iVolatility.
08:44 EDTCVXChevron falls after earnings
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08:42 EDTCVXChevron reports 2015 capital and exploratory expenditures drop to $34B
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08:41 EDTCVXChevron reports Q4 U.S. refinery crude oil input down 1%
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08:39 EDTCVXChevron International upstream operations earned $593M in Q4
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08:38 EDTCVXChevron reports Q4 net oil-equivalent production 2.67M boepd
Worldwide net oil-equivalent production was 2.67M barrels per day in fourth quarter 2015, up from 2.58M barrels per day in the 2014 fourth quarter. U.S. upstream operations incurred a loss of $1.95B in fourth quarter 2015 compared to earnings of $432M from a year earlier. The decrease was due to lower crude oil realizations, higher depreciation expenses, higher exploration expenses and lower gains on asset sales, partially offset by higher crude oil production. The increase in depreciation and exploration expenses was primarily due to impairments and project cancellations. The company's average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids was $35 in fourth quarter 2015, down from $66 a year ago. The average sales price of natural gas was $1.54 per thousand cubic feet, compared with $3.34 in last year's fourth quarter.
08:35 EDTCVXChevron added about 1.02B barrels of net oil-equivalent proved reserves in 2015
Chevron said that the company added approximately 1.02 billion barrels of net oil-equivalent proved reserves in 2015. These additions, which are subject to final reviews, equate to approximately 107 percent of net oil-equivalent production for the year. The largest additions were from production entitlement effects in several locations and drilling results for the Permian Basin in the United States and the Wheatstone Project in Australia. At year-end, balances of cash, cash equivalents, time deposits and marketable securities totaled $11.3B, a decrease of $1.9B from the end of 2014. Total debt at December 31, 2015 stood at $38.6B, an increase of $10.8B from a year earlier.
08:33 EDTCVXChevron Q4 earnings include impairments and other charges of $1.1B
"Our 2015 earnings were down significantly from the previous year, reflecting a nearly 50% year-on-year decline in crude oil prices. We're taking significant action to improve earnings and cash flow in this low price environment. Operating expenses and capital spending were reduced $9B in 2015 from 2014, and I expect similarly large reductions again in 2016. In addition, asset sales proceeds were $6B in 2015, with additional sales planned for 2016 and 2017," said Chairman and CEO John Watson.
08:32 EDTCVXChevron reports Q4 EPS with impariments and charges (31c), consensus 46c
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07:36 EDTBP, XOM, CVXAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
January 28, 2016
14:29 EDTCVXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:20 EDTCVXChevron volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:55 EDTXOM, BP, CVXOPEC delegates say no plan for meeting Russia about production, Bloomberg says
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January 27, 2016
12:35 EDTBPBP management to meet with Evercore ISI
Meeting to be held in New York on February 3 hosted by Evercore ISI.
10:10 EDTXOMActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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