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August 4, 2014
10:28 EDTRIG, DO, ESV, RDC, ATW, SDRL, HERO, ORIG, PACDTransocean, peers slip after Deutsche downgrades several in sector
Shares of companies that provide offshore drilling services are falling after Deutsche Bank wrote that investors are underestimating the weakness of the sector's dynamics and lowered it ratings on several of the stocks in the industry. WHAT'S NEW: The rates and utilization of older drilling rigs are dropping rapidly and significantly, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Meanwhile, the amount of rigs available continues to increase quickly, Urban wrote. Investors believe that self-elevating rigs, known as jackups, will not suffer similar price decline, the analyst stated. However, the supply of jack-ups is poised to increase "dramatically" in the second half of 2014 and through 2017, Urban believes. Demand is highly unlikely to keep up with supply growth and jackup rates and utilization should consequently be pressured starting in the second half of 2014 and well into 2015, Urban believes. Offshore drilling stocks are likely to drop an average of 13% from current levels, and consensus estimates for the sector are an average of 23% too high, Urban estimated. He downgraded Diamond Offshore (DO), Ensco (ESV), and Transocean (RIG) to Sell from Hold. The analyst downgraded Noble Corp (NE) to Hold from Buy. Urban kept Hold ratings on Atwood Oceanics (ATW), Rowan Companies (RDC), and Seadrill Limited (SDRL). He maintained Buy ratings on Hercules Offshore (HERO), Ocean Rig (ORIG) and Pacific Drilling (PACD). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Transocean fell 2.3% to $39.53, Diamond Offshore lost 0.3% to $46.30, Ensco lost 0.9% to $50.49, Noble Corp. gained 0.6% to $26.93, Atwood Oceanics fell 1% to $48, Rowan declined 1% to $30.29, Seadrill dropped 0.6% to $35.96.
News For RIG;DO;ESV;RDC;ATW;SDRL;HERO;ORIG;PACD From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
09:02 EDTDODiamond Offshore upgraded at ISI Group
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07:35 EDTDODiamond Offshore upgraded to Hold from Sell at ISI Group
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October 23, 2014
07:43 EDTHEROHercules Offshore reports Q3 EPS (55c) with charges, consensus (5c)
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07:29 EDTHEROHercules Offshore trading halted, pending news
06:18 EDTDODiamond Offshore declares 75c per share special cash dividend
Diamond Offshore Drilling announced that the company has declared a special quarterly cash dividend of 75c per share of common stock and a regular quarterly cash dividend of 12.5c per share of common stock. Both dividends are payable on December 1. to shareholders of record on November 5.
06:16 EDTDODiamond Offshore receives Petrobras contract extensions
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06:13 EDTDODiamond Offshore reports Q3 EPS 38c, may not compare to consensus 79c
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05:53 EDTRIGBP, GDF Suez discover new Central North Sea field
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October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
October 21, 2014
10:57 EDTDODiamond Offshore volatility elevated into Q3 and volume outlook
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October 20, 2014
09:45 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW says stock price does not reflect true value
George Economou, Ocean Rig UDW CEO, said in a press release, "We do not believe that the current stock price of Ocean Rig reflects the true value of company, which stock price has be adversely affected by the recent volatility of the oil price. The loan from Ocean Rig to Dryships is just a backstop in case Dryships need more time to execute on its various alternatives to refinance its Convertible Notes due December 1, 2014, and will be repaid as soon as possible. Ocean Rig with its high specification, pure play UDW fleet and solid balance sheet and backlog is uniquely positioned amongst its clients. Ocean Rig's newbuilding program in 2016 and 2017 provides further growth into a market we believe in and its solid backlog supports for dividends and other value creation initiatives, such as the MLP." Ocean Rig shares are down 10c to $13.34 while its parent DryShips is rallying 24c to $1.93 in early trading.
09:39 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW lends $120M to DryShips, extends Petrobras contracts
Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) said it has agreed to lend its parent company, DryShips (DRYS), up to $120M of immediate liquidity through a short-term unsecured loan. The proceeds will be used, if needed, to repay Dryships’ 5% Convertible Notes maturing in Dec. 1. Ocean Rig has declared its third consecutive quarterly cash dividend with respect to the quarter ended September 30, of 19c per common share, to shareholders of record as of October 31, and payable on or about November 11. Ocean Rig added that it has been awarded extensions of the drilling contracts for its two ultra deepwater drillships, the Ocean Rig Corcovado and the Ocean Rig Mykonos by Petrobras (PBR) for drilling offshore Brazil. The contract extensions are subject to partner approvals. The term of each extension is for 1,095 days with a total combined revenue backlog of over $1.1Bm excluding reimbursement by Petrobras for contract related equipment upgrades. The new contracts will commence in direct continuation from the end of the current agreements with Petrobras, in Q1 and Q2 of 2015. Ocean Rig also signed an amendment with Total E&P Angola to extend the date by which Total E&P Angola should exercise the option to extend the term of the contract for two additional one-year periods. The first option is now exercisable until February 27, 2015 and the second option exercisable within one year after the date of exercise of the first option.
08:41 EDTSDRLSeadrill downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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05:24 EDTSDRLSeadrill downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTRIG, HEROOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:54 EDTPACDChevron adds drillship to deepwater operations in Gulf of Mexico
Chevron Corporation (CVX) announced that the Pacific Sharav, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling (PACD). The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded Dual-Load-Path, Samsung-12000-design, dynamically-positioned drillship, specially modified to accept a Dual Gradient Drilling System, and able to operate in moderate environments and water depths up to 12,000 feet. The Pacific Sharav has commenced operations in the Keathley Canyon area.
08:30 EDTHEROHercules Offshore downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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08:06 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
As previously reported Cowen downgraded Transocean to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares given the current market weakness, relatively older fleet and below average contracts for the next two years. Price target lowered to $30 from $39.
07:02 EDTHEROHercules Offshore downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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07:01 EDTRIGTransocean downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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