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August 22, 2014
16:18 EDTWFTWeatherford recommends rejection of 'Mini-Tender' offer by TRC Capital
Weatherford International has received notification of an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 5M shares, or approximately 0.65%, of the outstanding ordinary shares of Weatherford at $21.15 per share. TRC Capital's offer is approximately 4.3% below Weatherford's closing price of $22.10 on August 18, the day before the offer commenced. Weatherford does not endorse this unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that shareholders reject the offer. Weatherford recommends that shareholders who have not responded to TRC Capital reject the offer by taking no action because the offer is at a price below the current market price for Weatherford shares and is subject to numerous conditions, including any decrease in the market price of Weatherford's shares and the ability of TRC Capital to obtain financing on satisfactory terms. Weatherford further recommends that shareholders who have already tendered shares in TRC Capital's offer withdraw their shares by providing the written notice described in the offering documents prior to the time of expiration stated in the offer, which is on Thursday, September 18.
News For WFT From The Last 14 Days
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July 27, 2015
10:00 EDTWFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:20 EDTWFTU.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
05:41 EDTWFTWeatherford upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
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July 24, 2015
10:00 EDTWFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:43 EDTWFTWeatherford upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One
Capital One upgraded Weatherford to Overweight and raised its price target to $15 from $14. The firm said Weatherford is controlling costs and focusing on free cash flow generation, which is expected to improve and bring FY15 free cash flow positive.
06:50 EDTWFTWeatherford upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim
July 23, 2015
08:57 EDTWFTWeatherford says expects to be free cash flow positive in FY15
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July 22, 2015
19:55 EDTWFTWeatherford says market conditions will not significantly improve this year
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19:54 EDTWFTWeatherford reduces FY15 capex forecast to $750M
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19:53 EDTWFTWeatherford announces further headcount reduction
Weatherford said, "Because of the continuing weak North American market conditions, we plan to further reduce our cost structure to reflect the current environment. During Q2, we successfully completed substantially all of the previously announced headcount reduction of 10,000. The aggregate results of these measures will help mitigate the effects of the downturn, while at the same time, take advantage of the opportunity to develop a leaner structure and a tighter organization. This target has now been revised upward to 11,000 with the increase principally in the U.S with a focus on support positions. Our procurement savings initiative continues to be on track. In addition to our headcount reductions, this quarter, we closed three of our manufacturing and service facilities. We have also closed over 60 operating facilities across North America through the first half of 2015 and plan to close 30 more by the end of the year. All the while, quality, safety and reliability in execution will remain paramount."
19:50 EDTWFTWeatherford reports Q2 EPS (10c), consensus (12c)
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15:26 EDTWFTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.

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