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July 9, 2014
18:10 EDTSLBSchlumberger can continue higher, Barron's says
Schlumberger shares have rallied and could continue higher, driven by analyst confidence and a strong outlook, Barron's contends in its Barron's Take column. Although the stock isn't cheap, trading at over 17 times forward earnings, the stock still trades under historical valuation levels, the paper adds. Reference Link
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July 27, 2015
06:20 EDTSLBU.S. oil firms preparing for extended job cuts, WSJ reports
U.S. energy companies intend to cut more jobs, sell more assets, and engage in more financial maneuvers to deal with the recent drop in U.S. crude-oil prices to below $50 a barrel, the Wall Street Journal reports. Companies have started to warn that more layoffs will come, particularly Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI), who disclosed last week that they had cut 27,000 jobs between them, the report says. Job cuts for the industry are beginning to extend to engineers and scientists, the report adds. Publicly traded companies in oil industry include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Other publicly traded companies in the space include Baker Hughes (BHI), Diamond Offshore (DO), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), Noble Corp. (NE), Rowan Companies (RDC), Schlumberger (SLB), Transocean (RIG) and Weatherford (WFT). Reference Link
July 22, 2015
06:39 EDTSLBEuro, U.S. oil and gas groups to find tough competition in Iran, WSJ says
European and U.S. oil and gas firms drawn to Iran as sanctions lessen can expect not only opportunities, but also Iranian companies offering tough competition or joint ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though no Iran-based companies have the clout of firms such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) or Schlumberger (SLB), companies that can take on engineering tasks are emerging and growing in Iran, the report says. If the Iran nuclear agreement comes into effect and sanctions are lifted against Iran sometime soon, those Iranian companies will be well positioned to compete for tens of billions of dollars worth of service contracts, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
July 21, 2015
12:09 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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July 20, 2015
11:12 EDTSLBSchlumberger downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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10:00 EDTSLBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter
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08:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger outlook remains favorable, says Oppenheimer
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06:50 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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July 17, 2015
10:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger CEO says Halliburton deal creating 'uncertainty' for customers
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09:53 EDTSLBSchlumberger says Q3 could 'potentially represent bottom' for revenue
Schlumberger management said on the company's Q2 earnings call that in North America in Q3 they expect a slight increase in activity on land, but they see this being offset by weakening offshore activity and further pricing pressure, both on land and offshore. Internationally, they see no "major change" in Q3 and they thinks the "overall weak activity" is going to continue, adding that they expect sustained pricing pressure. At this stage, the company's cost structure and field capacity is "really tailored" to its Q2 activity level, but, for now, they have decided to preserve the current structure for Q3 in order to be ready for increased activity going forward, the company added. Management said, "We are prepared to live with the temporary margin impact that carrying these slightly elevated levels of resources is going to have. It's not going to be a huge impact on margins but it's going to be a little bit more than what we could have managed if we were to cut even deeper."
09:47 EDTSLBSchlumberger says Q3 EPS consensus of 77c 'pretty realistic'
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09:35 EDTSLBActive equity options trading on open
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July 16, 2015
19:04 EDTSLBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:21 EDTSLBSchlumberger says E&P investment in N. America to fall by more than 35% in 2015
The company said, "E&P investment in North America is now expected to fall by more than 35% in 2015 driven by lower land activity and increased pricing pressure. We believe that the North American rig count may now be touching the bottom, and that a slow increase in both land drilling and completion activity could occur in the second half of the year. In the international market, E&P spending is now expected to drop more than 15%. We do not expect any upward adjustment to existing 2015 budgets but see a continuation of first-half trends with low exploration activity, tight management of development-related spend, and continued pricing pressure. In this challenging market, we remain focused on the things we can control, which include our cost and resource base, the effective deployment of our technology and expertise, and the quality and integrity of the products and services we provide to our customers. The success of this approach can be seen in our strong international margins despite the drop in revenue and in our ability to maximize our performance in North America. We remain very confident in our capacity to continue to weather the current downturn better than our surroundings, and better than in previous downturns. Our global strength, our technology differentiation, and our accelerated corporate transformation are creating a great platform for us to increase revenue market share, deliver lower reductions in earnings per share than our peers, and continue to reduce working capital and capex intensity while generating higher levels of free cash flow.
16:19 EDTSLBSchlumberger says 'visibility still remains limited'
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16:18 EDTSLBSchlumberger maintains FY15 CapEx view approximately $2.5B
16:17 EDTSLBSchlumberger reports Q2 EPS 88c, consensus 79c
Reports Q2 revenue $9B, consensus $8.97B. Free cash flow of $1.5B represented 132% of earnings. Sequential decremental operating margin was 23%.
15:02 EDTSLBNotable companies reporting after market close
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July 15, 2015
15:35 EDTSLBSchlumberger July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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