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March 18, 2014
07:56 EDTDVN, SWN, BHI, RRC, HAL, ECASeveral companies to benefit from higher gas demand, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that higher natural gas production will be needed to replenish storage facilities following the exceptionally cold winter. The firm sees the following companies as most likely to benefit from this trend: Southwestern Energy (SWN), Encana (ECA), Range Resources (RRC), Devon Energy (DVN), Halliburton (HAL), and Baker Hughes (BHI). It keeps Outperform ratings on Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Range Resources, and Southwestern, and Market Perform ratings on Encana and Devon.
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October 16, 2014
06:35 EDTBHIBaker Hughes sees increased Q4 revenue, margins for North American segment
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06:32 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.02, consensus $1.13
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October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:28 EDTBHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:39 EDTBHI, HALOil services companies rebound after positive notes from analysts
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10:02 EDTBHI, HALOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Baker Hughes (BHI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... C&J Energy (CJES) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... CHC Group (HELI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Chart Industries (GTLS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Core Laboratories (CLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Diamond Offshore (DO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dril-Quip (DRQ) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Ensco (ESV) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... FIS (FIS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Maxwell (MXWL) reinstated with a Buy at Canaccord... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Noble Corp. (NE) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Oceaneering (OII) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) initiated with an Underperform at Imperial Capital... RPC, Inc. (RES) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Receptos (RCPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Rowan Companies (RDC) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Sensata (ST) resumed with a Buy at Citigroup... Tidewater (TDW) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Weatherford (WFT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group.
10:02 EDTSWN, BHI, HALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded at Sterne Agee
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09:01 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:48 EDTHALHalliburton upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:19 EDTECAEncana volatility increases as oil trends lower and acquisition of Athlon Energy
EnCana (ECA) overall volatility of 37 is above its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement after announcing the acquisition of Athlon Energy (ATHL) for $58.50 per share.
07:11 EDTHALHalliburton initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
Target $97.
07:11 EDTBHIBaker Hughes initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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06:45 EDTBHIBaker Hughes upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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06:32 EDTBHI, HALCiti rolls out Oil Services coverage, recommends two pair trades
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06:08 EDTHALHalliburton initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Target $56.
06:07 EDTBHIBaker Hughes initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTRRCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:43 EDTRRCRange Resources upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group
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