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March 18, 2013
13:32 EDTSLB, DO, NBR, RDC, HAL, PDE, RIG, WFT, BHIOil services stocks fall after Schlumberger calls North America weak
A number of oil services stocks are falling after the leader in the sector, Schlumberger (SLB), stated on slides for the Howard Weil Conference that activity in North America has been below expectations in the first quarter. The company's customers have activated fewer rigs on the continent than they had previously indicated, Schlumberger explained. Schlumberger also stated that it was temporarily reducing its activity in Venezuela due to "collection issues." The company forecast that its earnings per share would grow by double digit percentage levels this year, in-line with its previous outlook, as long as North American land activity and prices meet its previous forecast and issues resolve in Venezuela. Meanwhile, the company forecast that demand for oil would increase just 1% in 2013 compared to 2012. The increase will be driven by developing markets, with China generating 50% of the growth, Schlumberger stated. In mid-afternoon trading, Schlumberger fell 3% to $77, Baker Hughes (BHI) gave back 2% to $47, Weatherford (WFT) lost 1.5% to $12, and Halliburton (HAL) lost 1.6% to $41.23.
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November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTHAL, BHIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
16:07 EDTHALHalliburton spikes, retraces, levels to watch
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16:01 EDTBHI, HALBaker Hughes calls active on consolidation reports
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15:53 EDTBHIBaker Hughes gaps up after trading halt
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15:51 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton calls active on talks to acquire Baker Hughes, reports
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15:46 EDTHALHalliburton spikes higher on Baker Hughes bid talk
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15:45 EDTSLB, BHI, WFT, HAL, RIG, RDC, NBR, DOHalliburton, Baker Hughes in fast-moving merger talks, WSJ reports
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15:37 EDTBHI, HALBaker Hughes jumps 1.3%, halted for volatility after report on Halliburton talks
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15:37 EDTHAL, BHIHalliburton in fast-moving talks to acquire Baker Hughes, DJ reports
15:19 EDTHALOne Halliburton employee dead, two hurt after accident, Denver Post reports
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November 12, 2014
07:59 EDTBHI, RDC, WFT, HALMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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November 11, 2014
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.
07:07 EDTRDCHercules Offshore promotes Troy Carson to Senior VP, CFO effective November 21
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07:01 EDTRDCRowan Companies appoints Stephen Butz as CFO
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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
18:58 EDTNBRNabors reports revised Q3 diluted GAAP EPS 34c vs. 19c previously announced
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15:43 EDTRDC, SLB, BHI, HALAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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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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