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January 3, 2013
12:27 EDTBP, RIGTransocean announces $1.4B settlement with Justice Department
Transocean announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve certain outstanding civil and potential criminal claims against the company arising from the 2010 accident involving the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this resolution, a Transocean subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act for negligent discharge of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and pay $1.4B in fines, recoveries and penalties. This resolution will result in the Department of Justice concluding its criminal investigation of Transocean and settling its claims for civil penalties against the company relating to the spill from BP's (BP) Macondo well. The company intends to satisfy its payment obligations over a period of five years, using cash on hand and cash flow from operations. At September 30, Transocean had accrued an estimated loss contingency of $1.5B associated with claims made by the Department of Justice. Any potential claims associated with the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process are excluded from the agreement with the Department of Justice, the company said.
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November 18, 2014
18:26 EDTBPKeystone pipeline legislation voted down by U.S. Senate
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16:20 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet update summary
Transocean issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since October 15. The total value of new contracts since the October 15, 2014 Fleet Status Report is approximately $83M.
November 17, 2014
11:15 EDTBPBP to invest $200M to upgrade U.S., Belgian petrochemical plants
BP announced that it plans to invest over $200M to upgrade its purified terephthalic acid plants at Cooper River, South Carolina and Geel, Belgium. The investments will position these assets amongst the most efficient PTA manufacturing facilities in the world. Reference Link
07:12 EDTRIGBloomberg / Mayer Brown to co-host a conference
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November 14, 2014
16:52 EDTBPGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:53 EDTRIGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
11:28 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG GME
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05:58 EDTBPLawsuit accuses BP of overcharging California agencies for natural gas, AP says
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November 13, 2014
17:06 EDTBPBP loses bid for new trial regarding negligence in oil spill, Bloomberg says
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15:45 EDTRIGHalliburton, Baker Hughes in fast-moving merger talks, WSJ reports
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November 11, 2014
09:00 EDTBPBP, Total exploration efforts undeterred by $80 per barrel oil, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTRIGTransocean needs to reduce or end its dividend, says UBS
UBS noted offshore conditions continue to weaken as oil prices dampens rig demand to anemic levels. The firm believes Transocean needs to eliminate or materially reduce its dividend to weather the cyclical downturn, which could last an estimated 1-3 years. UBS maintains its Neutral rating and lowers its price target to $28 from $38 on Transocean shares.
06:13 EDTRIGTransocean says 'market pause' has evolved into 'cyclical downturn'
On its Q3 earnings conference call, Transocean CEO Steve Newman said that the "market pause" has evolved into a "cycnical downturn." He commented that the industry has been through these downturns before and "Transocean is well positioned to managed through this one." Newman also said the decline in oil prices observed over the last three months could "temporarily exacerbate" the offshore rig supply imbalance that has already resulted in day rate and utilization pressures and potentially delay the cyclical recovery. Newman said his long-term bullish view of offshore drilling remains "intact."
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTBPWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
10:04 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:40 EDTBPBP to invest $240M in two new exploration blocks in Egypt
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:25 EDTBPBP downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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05:35 EDTRIGTransocean reports Q3 net ss attributable to controlling interest was $2.22B
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05:25 EDTRIGTransocean reports Q3 adjusted EPS 96c, consensus 83c
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