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June 18, 2014
12:09 EDTSLB, BHI, BP, WFT, XOMIraqi oil official: Exxon carries out major evacuation in Iraq, CNBC reports
Exxon Mobile (XOM) has carried out a "major evacuation" and BP (BP) has evacuated 20% of its staff in Iraq following the advance of Sunni militants through the country, reports CNBC, citing comments from the head of Iraq's state-run South Oil Company. Dhiya Jaffar added that ENI, Schlumberger (SLB), Weatherford (WFT) and Baker Hughes (BHI) have no plans to evacuate staff from the country. Reference Link
News For XOM;BP;SLB;WFT;BHI From The Last 14 Days
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November 20, 2015
13:08 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 10 to 757 rigs
Baker Hughes says the U.S. Rig Count is down 10 rigs from last week to 757, with oil rigs down 10 to 564, and gas rigs unchanged at 193. It added that the U.S. Rig count is down 1,172 rigs from last year at 1,929, with oil rigs down 1,010, and gas rigs down 162. The U.S. Offshore rig count is 30, down 3 rigs from last week, and down 23 rigs year over year, Baker announced. The Canadian rig count is down 10 rigs from last week to 166, with oil rigs down 1 to 67, and gas rigs down 9 to 99, according to the company. The Canadian Rig Count is down 268 rigs from last year at 434, with oil rigs down 176, and gas rigs down 92.
November 19, 2015
05:09 EDTBHIStocks with implied volatility movement; BHI SUNE
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November 18, 2015
16:45 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher from the opening bell onward despite housing starts data that was weaker than expected. Investors waited for the release of the FOMC minutes and saw what they had suspected; that the Fed was reinforcing its message that the December meeting is an option for the central bank to begin raising interest rates. The visibility on rates gave investors confidence, leading to a late-day rally that saw the averages close at their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell 4.3% to $69.78 after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in the new quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 3.17% to $117.29 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation... Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "Sell" rating, saying he expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 but that Exxon's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Despite Molchanov predicting Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016, the stock rose about 1% to $80.74 today amid a rally in oil prices. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Fairchild (FCS), which jumped $1.52, or 8.5%, to $19.40 after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON), whose stock fell 7.9% to $9.89 after the news. Also higher were Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), with the two railway operators advancing a respective 5.8% and 6.35% after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Additionally, ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% to $40.93 after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which dropped $4.98, or 9.4%, to $48.00 after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law. Also lower was Sprint (S), which fell 9.3%, to $3.99 after announcing a 50% discount for new customers switching from competing wireless carriers. GoPro (GPRO) declined 5.1% to $19.81 after research firm Piper Jaffray noted that the company has been offering discounts on its cameras, including featuring them on "flash sale" sites, and cut its price target on the stock to $15 per share. INDEXES: The Dow rose 247.66, or 1.42%, to 17,737.16, the Nasdaq gained 89.19, or 1.79%, to 5,075.20, and the S&P 500 advanced 33.14, or 1.62%, to 2,083.58.
10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hartford Financial (HIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Oxford Lane (OXLC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... SM Energy (SM) downgraded at BMO Capital... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... StoneCastle (BANX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi.
08:37 EDTBHIBaker Hughes has superior risk/reward ratio, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes that Baker Hughes (BHI) has one of the best risk/reward ratios in its coverage universe. The firm thinks the stock will rise 25% if its acquisition by Halliburton closes, and fall only 9%-14% in the medium term if the deal falls through. BMO now sees an 80% chance of the deal closing, up from 70% previously.
07:43 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform on subpar oil leverage at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform from Market Perform. Analyst Pavel Molchanov expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 and said Exxon Mobil's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Molchanov expects Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016. The analyst said this is not a short-term trading call but a 6-12 month time horizon, which could prove wrong if oil spends the year below $50 territory.
06:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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November 17, 2015
17:33 EDTSLBSchlumberger, Cameron say Justice Department clears proposed merger
Schlumberger (SLB) and Cameron (CAM) jointly announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions, granting early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The closing of the proposed merger remains subject to approval by Cameron stockholders, with a special shareholder meeting scheduled for December 17. Schlumberger and Cameron expect to close the merger in 1Q16.
10:16 EDTBPBP confirms exploring sale of Alabama petrochemical facility
BP confirmed that it has decided to market for sale its Decatur, Alabama, petrochemicals complex as part of a broader reorganization of the company's global petrochemicals business. BP said its refocused petrochemicals strategy is pursuing a competitively advantaged portfolio through world-scale, low-cost facilities that utilize BP proprietary technology including the production of purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key raw material in the production of polyester. BP is spending $200M to upgrade its Cooper River, S.C., plant and its sister facility in Geel, Belgium - the largest PTA-producing sites in the Americas and Europe, respectively. The investment will enable the two facilities to lower operating costs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. Earlier this year, BP also started up its new Zhuhai 3 unit in Guangdong Province, China. Using BP's latest technology and capable of producing up to 1.25M tons of PTA per year, Zhuhai 3 is the world's largest single-train PTA production unit as well as being one of the largest and most efficient PTA production units in the world. While BP's Decatur complex no longer fits with this strategy, the facility has been a major contributor to BP's U.S. petrochemicals business for many years. It makes chemicals essential for the production of thousands of items, from plastic water bottles to flat-screen televisions. BP expects to complete a sale of all or part of the facility provided a buyer can be found and an acceptable deal can be reached. Reference Link
09:48 EDTBPBP to explore sale of Alabama petrochemical plant, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites e-mailed statement from BP.
November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTSLBSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
15:17 EDTSLBSchlumberger acquires Fluid Inclusion Technologies, Inc.
Schlumberger announced the acquisition of Fluid Inclusion Technologies, Inc., a U.S.-based oil and gas service company specializing in laboratory analysis of trapped fluids in rock material, and advanced borehole gas analysis on drilling wells. Amir Nessim, president, Testing Services, Schlumberger, said, "This acquisition is a natural extension of our comprehensive reservoir fluids and rocks services. Customers can expect even stronger one-stop-shop evaluation of rock and fluids from their developments, which we offer through our global network of Schlumberger Reservoir Laboratories."
06:51 EDTBP, XOMBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTXOMExxon Mobil, Rosnet partnership is 'long-term,' Reuters reports
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November 15, 2015
12:59 EDTBHIBaker Hughes shares could gain, lose 30% on merger verdict, Barron's says
Shares of Baker Hughes (BHI) could gain 27% if its combination with Halliburton (HAL) gains regulatory approval, but "there is too much uncertainty" to take that bet, as a negative verdict on the merger could send Baker plunging 20%-30%, Barron's contends in a 'Trader Extra' column. Investors searching for less risky arbitrage deals may instead take a look at Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A, BRK.B) offer for Precision Castparts (PCP), argues the publication. Reference Link
November 13, 2015
13:04 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 4 to 767 rigs
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06:23 EDTXOMExxon Mobil to start drilling in Liberia in 2017, Reuters reports
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05:13 EDTXOMStocks with implied volatility movement; XRT XOM
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November 12, 2015
16:18 EDTBPBP awards FleetCor long-term contract
FleetCor Technologies (FLT) announced that BP Products North America (BP) has extended its contract with FleetCor to provide commercial fleet card processing and program management for all of its fleet card products.
16:00 EDTXOMOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
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