Shares of Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are rising today, but not Wells Fargo (WFC) despite beating earnings forecasts this morning. Why? Evercore ISI’s John Pancari and team single out Wells Fargo’s exposure to energy:
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Wells Fargo reported 1Q16 EPS of $0.99. Ex gain on sale of Wells Fargo’s crop insurance biz (+$0.05), hedge ineffectiveness gain (+$0.05), and sec gains (+$0.03), we peg core EPS at $0.86 vs our estimate of $0.93 and cons $0.97. Miss from our est was due higher expenses (-$0.05), higher loan-loss provisions (-$0.02), lower net-interest income (-$0.02), and higher tax rate (-$0.01), partly offset by higher than expected fees (+$0.03). Overall, a weak qtr marked by a sizable energy loan-loss-reserve build and higher expenses.
Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Weatherford International plc(WFT)
- [By Craig Jones]
Jon Najarian spoke on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report" about unusual options activity in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT). The stock was trading more than 2.5 percent higher and options traders were buying the October 4.50 calls. Over 13,000 contracts were traded and the first block was huge. Najarian explained that an institutional trader was behind the first block and he decided to follow the trade. He is planning to hold the long position for two weeks.
- [By Jim Swanson]
Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) is forming the OneStim joint venture with Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB), which would focus on the unconventional completions market in North America. “We view the transaction as a rare win-win situation,” Deutsche Bank’s Mike Urban said in a report.
- [By Paul Ausick]
Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped nearly 5% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $3.08 after closing at $3.24 on Monday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 19 million, about 5% below the daily average of about 20 million. The oilfield services company had no specific news.
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- [By Paul Ausick]
Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) dropped about 7.9% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $3.26 after closing at $3.54 on Friday. The 52-week high is $7.09. Volume was around 38 million, more than double the daily average of about 16 million. The company had no specific news.
- [By Craig Jones]
Pete Najarian said that 10,000 contracts of the March 6 calls in Weatherford International Plc (NYSE: WFT) were traded early in the trading session for around $0.35. He has also bought the March 6 calls and he is going to hold them at least for three weeks. Weatherford International Plc spiked 7.21 percent on Tuesday.
Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)
- [By Shauna O’Brien]
Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).
The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.
Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.
Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.
National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.
- [By Jim Robertson]
On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):
- [By Tony Daltorio]
But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).
He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”
Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Baker Hughes Incorporated(BHI)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Evercore ISI’s James West and team are starting to feel really good about the potential of the General Electric (GE)-Baker Hughes (BHI) merger. They explain why:
- [By Wayne Duggan]
While Loop maintains a Buy rating on all of the stocks mentioned above, Guggenheim analyst Michael LaMotte isn’t quite so bullish on the sector. Earlier this week, LaMotte downgraded the following oil services stocks from Buy to Neutral:
Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI)
Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc (NYSE: FMSA)
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP)
Nabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR)
Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB)
Superior Energy Services
Guggenheim also cut its 2017 oil price forecast from $55 to $48/bbl.
- [By William Patalon III]
Since the moment it was announced, we’ve been highly bullish on the complicated-but-intriguing deal that would combine the oilfield services unit of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and all of sector rival Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).
Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: CrossAmerica Partners LP(CAPL)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Crossamerica Partners LP (NYSE: CAPL) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.05 per share on revenue of $479.03 million.
Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE: BPL) is expected to report its quarterly earnings at $1.04 per share on revenue of $1.00 billion.
Hot Energy Stocks To Own For 2018: Halliburton Company(HAL)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
How strong is the earnings recovery? Of the 18 stocks that reported this morning, 13 beat forecasts, including Halliburton (HAL), and Hasbro (HAS). BofA Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian and team note that for the first time since 2012, analysts are raising their earnings forecasts as earnings season progresses:
- [By Jayson Derrick]
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) is a top energy pick for four reasons: 1) the company’s significant leverage to the U.S. onshore market, 2) potential for incremental margin growth, 3) expectations for positive earnings revision and 4) strong balance sheet and a “well respected” management team.
- [By Lee Jackson]
These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
When Weatherford International (WFT) announced that it had named Halliburton (HAL) CFO Mark McCollumits new CEO, its shares jumped as some observers contended itincreased the odds of an acquisition by the oil-services giant. It looks like they picked the wrong oil-services giant, however, as Weatherford and Schlumberger (SLB) announced a joint venture late Friday, one that has sent Weatherford’s shares soaring and earned it an upgrade from Wells Fargo analystsJudson Bailey andColeman Sullivan. They explain why:
- [By Brett Hershman]
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) talked about the acceleration of data and services integration, an increased focus on improving margins and made no commitment toward price increases in the first quarter.