Atwood optimism no help today as Seadrill sinks on convertible sale

|About: Atwood Oceanics Inc. (ATW)|By:, SA News Editor

Johnson Rice is optimistic about Atwood Oceanics (ATW -2.3%) despite lowering its 2014 EPS forecast to $4.63 from $4.76; the firm considers ATW among its top picks among offshore drillers, with its combination of a well-contracted fleet with a discounted multiple vs. its peers on visible earnings growth in 2015.

ATW and other offshore drillers are lower after Seadrill (SDRL -4.8%) announced it would sell $1B in convertible bonds; RIG -1.7%, HERO -1.3%, ESV -0.9%, RDC -0.9%, HP -0.8%, DO -0.1%.