Nov. 13, 2014, 7:24 AM
Nov. 3, 2014, 12:24 PM
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV -1.5%) is lower after shares are downgraded at both Credit Suisse and Cowen.
- Credit Suisse cites a "double whammy" of onshore and offshore market slowdowns and a lack of near-term catalysts in cutting its rating to Neutral from Outperform and its price target to $77 from $93, adding that NOV is "making the transition from a growth stock to a total return stock in a market with some near-term headwinds."
- Cowen cuts the stock to Market Perform from Outperform with a $73 target, down from $81, against a backdrop of lower global E&P spending in 2015, flat spending in 2016, and minimal offshore rig awards over the next 2-3 years; however, it believes the downside is limited, in part due to NOV's $3B share buyback program.
Oct. 30, 2014, 10:59 AM
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV -2.3%) CEO Clay Williams says he would not be surprised to see the number of active drilling rigs fall modestly in 2015 in the wake of the recent drop in oil prices.
- Williams tells analysts in today's earnings conference call that lower prices historically have not impacted activity until three or four months have passed as oil and gas producers drill out their rig contracts.
- The CEO says NOV is cautiously optimistic about 2015 but bullish on 2016, believing that even if the market faces a downturn next year, the company’s $14.3B backlog of equipment orders and its diverse products should see it through tougher times.
- NOV reported better than expected Q3 earnings, as it saw higher demand for rig equipment and wellbore technologies amid a surge of fracking activity in west Texas and elsewhere.
Oct. 30, 2014, 7:07 AM| 2 Comments
Oct. 17, 2014, 10:17 AM
- Oil services (OIH +4%) stocks rip higher at the open following a strong earnings report from Schlumberger (SLB +7.4%) and as oil prices stabilize.
- Tumbling crude prices haven’t shaken the faith of at least two of the top providers of drilling and production services: SLB CEO Paal Kibsgaard describes the drop as “fear of short-term oversupply” and says the company is not changing a long-term view that its earnings will almost double from last year’s level by 2017, while Baker Hughes (BHI +4.7%) CEO Martin Craighead says his company's customers don't believe crude prices will stay low.
- HAL +5.5%, SPN +5.2%, WFT +5.1%, CAM +2.1%, NOV +2%, FTI +1.8%, DRQ +1.4%.
Oct. 16, 2014, 7:55 AM
- Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI) -10.8% premarket after Q3 earnings rose 10% Y/Y but missed estimates, as political tensions in Libya and Iraq plus a sharp fall in drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico weighed on margins.
- Q3 pre-tax profit margins in its operations in Europe, Africa and the Russia Caspian region fell to 8% from 17% in the year-ago quarter.
- Revenue of the North American segment, BHI's largest geographic business by revenue, rose 11% to $3.2B, and climbed 6% in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region, 8% in the Europe, Africa and Russia Caspian segment, and 3% in Latin America.
- Oil services stocks (NYSEARCA:OIH) to watch: HAL, SLB. SPN, NOV, CAM, FTI, DRQ.
Sep. 30, 2014, 5:34 PM
- National Oilwell Varco's (NYSE:NOV) 2.5% decline following news of the oilfield equipment maker's first-ever share repurchase plan is something of a head scratcher; it may be that investors expected more than a $3B buyback, or the drop simply may be part of today's broader weakness in energy stocks due to continued pressure on crude prices.
- Edward Jones analyst Rob Desai offers the possibility that the buyback may be a concern for some investors that NOV is in effect admitting there are growth challenges or perhaps not as many opportunities for acquisitions, but he adds that today's drop is an overreaction.
Sep. 30, 2014, 2:04 PM| 7 Comments
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Aug. 19, 2014, 7:17 PM
- Among Warren Buffett's (BRK.A, BRK.B) Q2 moves was a pullback in oil company investments, selling off the vast majority of his stake in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) and dumping some of his holdings in Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX) and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV).
- The move looks prescient, as U.S. crude prices have dropped from ~$107/bll in mid-June to less than $95 today, and energy stocks went from being among the best performers on Wall Street to the middle of the pack.
- West Texas crude for September delivery fell $1.93 to $94.48/bbl, the lowest settlement for a front-month contract since Jan. 17, and Brent crude traded near 14-month lows.
- ETFs: USO, OIL, UCO, SCO, BNO, DTO, DBO, CRUD, USL, UWTI, DWTI, DNO, SZO, OLO, OLEM
Aug. 14, 2014, 10:04 AM
Aug. 7, 2014, 4:12 PM
- Dresser-Rand (DRC +8.6%) spiked into close following a Bloomberg report that it hired Morgan Stanley to prepare for possible takeover bids from companies including Siemens (OTCPK:SIEGY).
- While DRC isn’t actively pursuing a sale, the company is said to have retained Stanley after potential suitors expressed interest; the report says CEO Vincent Volpe Jr. may not even want a sale and is seeking defense advice from the banker.
- Siemens reportedly has been evaluating a bid for DRC since at least 2011; analysts also have mentioned GE, Cameron International (NYSE:CAM) and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) as potential buyers in the past.
Aug. 4, 2014, 6:18 PM
- National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) warns that economic sanctions against Russia could hurt its results, adding that $60M-$100M of its $5.26B in Q2 sales came from its Russian operations.
- "Some or all such sales may be restricted in the future by these sanctions," NOV says in an SEC filing.
- As of June 30, NOV had a net investment of $140M in Russia.
- NOV -0.7% AH.
Jul. 30, 2014, 3:59 PM
- National Oilwell Varco (NOV -1.9%) slides after Jefferies lowers its rating to Hold from Buy with a $91 price target, down from $95, saying that much of the intrinsic value is already priced into the stock.
- Jefferies cuts its 2014 EPS estimate to $5.80 from $6.45 due to expectations of weakness in deepwater activity, as it suspects "at best tepid deepwater orders through 2015 as part of the industry's review/reset of deepwater activity, which poses risk to 2016-17 revenue."
- The firm also notes that NOV is trading at 14.4x its 2014 EPS estimate and 12.9x 2015 estimate vs. a prior cycle average forward 12-month P/E of 17.2x.
Jul. 29, 2014, 8:58 AM
- National Oilwell Varco's (NYSE:NOV) Q2 earnings jumped 17% Y/Y, driven by strong demand for oilfield equipment; earnings beat consensus estimates but revenue fell short, despite a 12% increase.
- Backlog at the end of Q2 was $15.39B for the rig systems segment, up 20% Y/Y, and $2.14B for the completion and production solutions segment.
- New orders in the rig systems business totaled $2.28B on a 14% increase in revenue to $2.37B, while revenue in the rig aftermarket segment added 17% to $785M.
- On a percentage basis, the wellbore technologies unit saw the biggest gains, increasing revenue 18% to $1.45B.
- The results represented the first full quarter since CEO Clay Williams took the reins at the company.
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National Oilwell Varco Inc is a provider in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling, completion and production operations, and the provision of oilfield services to the upstream oil and gas industry.
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