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March 18, 2013
13:32 EDTDO, NBR, RDC, HAL, PDE, RIG, WFT, BHI, SLBOil 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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February 8, 2016
10:00 EDTBHIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: A-Mark Precious Metals (AMRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Antero Midstream (AM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... AstraZeneca (AZN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Brixmor (BRX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Citi Trends (CTRN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... DexCom (DXCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Eversource (ES) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Givaudan (GVDNY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Nomura (NMR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Novo Nordisk (NVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Plains All American (PAA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Baird... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Quanta Services (PWR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Sparton (SPA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Tableau (DATA) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... WisdomTree (WETF) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette.
08:45 EDTHAL, BHIBaker Hughes downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Baker Hughes (BHI) to Equal Weight from Overweight. Analyst Ole Slorer sees increased risks around the Halliburton (HAL)/Baker Hughes deal and said the market seems to be underestimating the obstacles. Slorer said the deal could take another 5-6 months and face increased resistance from EC regulators, and is concerned any delay will accelerate Baker Hughes' deteriorating performance. The analyst thinks Baker Hughes shares could fall into the low $30's, if the deal fails.
06:12 EDTDODiamond Offshore, GE Oil & Gas enter first-of-its-kind CSA
Diamond Offshore Drilling (DO) and GE Oil & Gas (GE) announced the offshore drilling industry's first-of-its-kind contractual service agreement, or CSA, that transfers full accountability for BOP performance to GE Oil & Gas. In this Pressure Control by the Hour model, Diamond Offshore will compensate GE Oil & Gas only when the BOP is available. This 10-year collaborative arrangement for GE's engageDrilling Services showcases a new way of thinking to drive continuous improvement in deepwater drilling. The arrangement will include GE purchasing the BOP systems aboard Diamond Offshore's four drillships, currently located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, for a total of $210M.
06:05 EDTDODiamond Offshore reports Q4 EPS ($1.79), may not compare to consensus 54c
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05:41 EDTBHIBaker Hughes downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:20 EDTRIGTransocean announces customer early terminates Discoverer Deep Seas
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February 5, 2016
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 48 rigs to 571
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13:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger, Cameron merger receives unconditional clearance from EU
Schlumberger Limited (SLB) and Cameron (CAM) jointly announced that the European Commission has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions following a Phase 1 review. As previously announced, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared the proposed merger in November 2015 without any conditions; Cameron stockholders voted on December 17 to adopt the merger agreement between Schlumberger and Cameron; and antitrust clearances have been obtained in Canada, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Schlumberger and Cameron only await regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. The Chinese authorities started their 30-day Phase 1 review process on February 4, 2016. The closing of the proposed merger remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the remaining customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Schlumberger and Cameron expect to close the merger in the first quarter of 2016. Until that time, the companies will continue to operate as separate and independent entities and continue to serve their respective customers.
10:02 EDTWFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded on valuation at Argus... Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... CACI (CACI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded following Q4 results at Argus... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fluidigm (FLDM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kona Grill (KONA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... LPL Financial (LPLA) upgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Resolute Forest (RFP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sysco (SYY) upgraded at Argus... U.S. Concrete (USCR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Ubiquiti (UBNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Wi-LAN (WILN) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord.
07:50 EDTWFTWeatherford upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:15 EDTDODiamond Offshore volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Diamond Offshore February call option implied volatility is at 69, March is at 59; compared to its 52-week range of 39 to 82, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 8.
06:45 EDTSLBSchlumberger's acquisition of Cameron cleared by EU, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports January international rig count 1,045
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February 3, 2016
18:34 EDTHAL, BHIEuropean Commission extends review of Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger by 20 days
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17:22 EDTWFTWeatherford sees 2016 CapEx $300M, down 56% y/y
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17:19 EDTWFTWeatherford announces additional headcount reduction of 6,000
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17:17 EDTWFTWeatherford successfully completes headcount reduction target of 14,000
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17:16 EDTWFTWeatherford reports Q4 EPS (13c), consensus (19c)
Reports Q4 revenue $2.01B, consensus $2B.
February 2, 2016
07:18 EDTNBRJefferies sees relative value in Nabors Industries
Jefferies analyst Brad Handler believes shares of Nabors Industries (NBR) can outperform Patterson-UTI (PTEN) over the near term and Helmerich & Payne (HP) over the longer term. His analysis suggests Nabors likely avoids covenant breach and has adequate liquidity to weather the downturn. Handler keeps a Hold rating on Nabors, however, with a reduced price target of $7.
05:36 EDTWFTStocks with implied volatility movement; MAT WFT
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