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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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February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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13:45 EDTBPOpec may call emergency meeting if crude continues slide, FT says
According to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's oil minister, Opec members have discussed holding an emergency meeting if crude prices continue to tumble, says the Financial Times. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT).
09:59 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:25 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
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08:01 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
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February 22, 2015
11:59 EDTBPUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
07:37 EDTBPU.S. judge rejects BP request for lower fine per barrel, Reuters says
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has rejected BP's request for a maximum fine of $3,000 per barrel, upholding the maximum penalty of $4,300 per barrel, reports Reuters. The decision means the total fine for BP could reach $13.7B, though it is still unclear when a final decision will be reached. BP spokesman Geoff Morrell stated the company is considering its legal options. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
06:58 EDTBPU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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04:26 EDTRIGStocks with implied volatility movement; TSO RIG
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February 18, 2015
14:18 EDTRIGTransocean February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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10:05 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:56 EDTRIGTransocean initiated with an Underperform at BMO Capital
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February 17, 2015
16:22 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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12:50 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:06 EDTRIGTransocean falls after cutting dividend, CEO departure, levels to watch
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08:39 EDTBPBP to hold a webcast on energy outlook
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06:59 EDTRIGTransocean price target lowered to $6 from $16 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its price target for Transocean shares to $6 after the company announced an 80% dividend reduction and the departure of its CEO. Deutsche says reducing the dividend frees up about $800M per year and that the move will likely be viewed positively since an elimination was a potential outcome. The firm, however, expects the company's free cash flow to remain negative for the "foreseeable future" and reiterates a Sell rating on the stock. Shares of the offshore driller are trading up 55c to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTBPBrent oil reaches $62 per barrel, Reuters reports
Driven higher by Middle East turbulence, the price of brent crude oil reached $62 per barrel today, close to its 2015 high, according to Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
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