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National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV)

  • Wed, Jan. 28, 12:33 PM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV -4.9%) hits a 52-week low after shares are downgraded to Underperform from Neutral with a $43 price target, down from $60, at Credit Suisse, which says NOV appears to be the most negatively impacted stock by many negative data points coming through its 2-3 year outlook.
    • The firm says NOV is an exceptionally well-managed company, but believes the rig systems business - 44% of estimated 2014 EBIT - will be hurt by an expected lack of new deepwater rig orders through 2016 and its exposure to slowing North American and international activity due to lower oil prices.
  • Mon, Jan. 5, 12:18 PM
  • Nov. 14, 2014, 12:48 PM
    • Oil services companies are mostly higher as Halliburton (HAL +1.7%) is indeed in talks to buy Baker Hughes (BHI +0.5%), a deal that would provide a jolt to oilfield services companies contending with falling oil prices: SLB +0.4%, OIS +1.2%, SPN +2.3%, CAM +0.2%, FTI -0.3%, NOV -0.6%.
    • Sterne Agee analyst Stephen Gengaro calls a potential HAL-BHI combo a “HAL of a Frac-ing Deal," seeing several positives for HAL including strengthening its relatively weak position in artificial lift and production chemicals which are critical to enhancing HAL’s mature field strategy, enabling it to leverage its unparalleled U.S. pressure pumping logistics chain to enhance the efficiency of BHI’s operations, and providing the opportunity for significant cost savings which likely would total $600M-$750M or more.
    • While antitrust concerns could force some divestitures, Gengaro does not believe it would prevent a deal from happening.
    • Other potentially attractive M&A targets among oil services companies could include Dril-Quip (DRQ +0.7%), Frank’s International (FI +2.6%) and Oceaneering (OII -0.2%), Simmons & Co. says.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jun. 25, 2014, 12:26 PM
    • Schlumberger (SLB +4.7%) surges after providing long-term profit guidance at an investor presentation today, predicting EPS growth at a compound annual growth rate of 17%-20%; in an earlier note, RBC analyst Kurt Hallead wrote that the Street was expecting the company's EPS to grow at an annualized rate of 15%.
    • SLB says it can achieve $9-$10 EPS through revenue growth, margin expansion and share repurchases; Hallead had predicted SLB's EPS would reach $8 in 2016.
    • Expects spending on exploration would be subdued in 2015, but expects a renewed focus on exploration in 2016-17.
    • Other oil services companies also are higher: HAL +2.1%, BHI +1.9%, WFT +1.1%, NOV +1%.
  • Jun. 2, 2014, 9:16 AM
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  • Jun. 2, 2014, 8:33 AM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) -9.5% premarket after completing the spinoff to its stockholders of its distribution business as an independent public company, NOW Inc.
    • Merrill Miller Jr. steps down as NOV's Executive Chairman to hold the same position with NOW; Clay Williams is NOV's Chairman.
    • NOW common stock begins trading today on the NYSE under the ticker symbol DNOW.
  • Apr. 28, 2014, 1:50 PM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV -7.2%) is suffering its worst day in more than two years after reporting that Q1 orders for new offshore rig equipment fell 23% Y/Y to $2.33B and forecasting a continued slowdown in orders.
    • Backlog for new rig technology equipment, which hit a record during Q1 at $16.4B, should fall to $14B-$15B by year-end, CEO Clay Williams said on today's earnings call.
    • "The newbuild rig market is starting to show signs of shakiness," says Iberia Capital analyst Trey Stolz.
    • Other energy equipment providers also are lower: SLB -1.1%, BHI -1.2%, CAM -1.4%, FTI -1.2%, DRQ -1.2%, FET -1%.
  • Mar. 13, 2014, 3:59 PM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV -2.8%) is downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group, which says deepwater and ultra-deepwater rig demand are diminishing, and dayrates are weaker than the market appreciates.
    • Other oil services names also are lower: SLB -0.9%, HAL -0.2%, BHI -0.2%, NE -3.8%, CAM -1.3%, WFT -1.8%, SPN -2%, FTI -1.3%, DRQ -2.9%, KEG -0.9%.
  • Jan. 31, 2014, 8:29 AM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV) +2.2% premarket after Q4 earnings fell 1.5% Y/Y as selling and administrative costs increased, but the results still surpassed market expectations.
    • Q4 2013 results included a record $1.5B in cash flow from operations, 50% greater than the previous record set during Q3.
    • Backlog for capital equipment orders in the rig technology segment hit a record at $16.24B, up 7% Q/Q and up 37% from the end of 2012; new orders during Q4 totaled $3.61B, reflecting continued strong demand for oilfield equipment.
    • The petroleum services and supplies segment reported revenue growth of 9% to $1.93B.
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  • Jan. 8, 2014, 3:48 PM
    • National Oilwell Varco (NOV -2.1%) is downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform with an $86 price target at RBC, which believes shares are range-bound in the near term due to offshore drilling headwinds that will limit inbound rig tech orders.
    • The firm continues to view NOV as a high-quality name and would become more positive on a price pullback into the low 70s.
    • Baker Hughes (BHI -1.2%) also is cut to Sector Perform, with a $60 target, as the firm sees NAM margins progressing at a more modest pace than originally anticipated, averaging 11.9% in 2014 vs. 13.1% previously.
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Company Description
National Oilwell Varco, Inc., is a provider of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, oilfield services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry.