• Oil Set for Weekly Loss as China Growth Slows, U.S. Supply Jumps
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    Oil Set for Weekly Loss as China Growth Slows, U.S. Supply Jumps

    (Bloomberg) -- Oil headed for a weekly loss amid swelling U.S. crude inventories, concerns over the demand outlook and the ongoing struggle between Washington and Beijing to finalize a trade deal.Futures in New York traded near $54 a barrel on Friday and are down 1% for the week. China’s economy expanded at the slowest pace since the early 1990s last quarter, data showed on Friday, more evidence that the trade war is taking a toll on global growth. American crude inventories climbed last week by the most in almost six months, though stockpiles of refined fuels shrank, according to the Energy Information Administration.West Texas Intermediate for November delivery rose 25 cents to $54.18 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange as of 10:29 a.m. in London after rising 1.1% on Thursday.Brent crude for December settlement gained 7 cents to $49.98 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe, taking its weekly drop to 0.8%. The global benchmark was at a premium of $5.74 to WTI for the same month.U.S. crude inventories rose by 9.3 million barrels in the week through Oct. 11, the EIA data showed, surpassing analyst estimates of a 3 million-barrel increase. Yet gasoline stockpiles fell by 2.6 million barrels, the most since August, and distillate stores shrank by 3.8 million barrels.“The inventory build was significantly more pronounced than expected,” said Carsten Fritsch, an analyst at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt.China’s gross domestic product figures trailed estimates and added to a deteriorating global demand outlook for crude. With a drop-off in exports to the U.S. expected to continue due to the trade war, the Chinese economy is likely to keep struggling as deflationary pressures hit company profits.\--With assistance from James Thornhill and Dan Murtaugh.To contact the reporters on this story: Elizabeth Low in Singapore at elow39@bloomberg.net;Grant Smith in London at gsmith52@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at jherron9@bloomberg.net, Helen Robertson, Amanda JordanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Occidental Petroleum (OXY) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Occidental Petroleum (OXY) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Occidental Petroleum (OXY) closed at $40.33 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.02% move from the prior day.

  • 'Beijing is the biggest security threat to this country in the 21st century': Republican senator
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    'Beijing is the biggest security threat to this country in the 21st century': Republican senator

    Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley tells Yahoo Finance's On the Move that Beijing is the biggest security threat to this country in the 21st century

  • Top Ranked Value Stocks to Buy for October 17th
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  • MG vs. GRMN: Which Stock Should Value Investors Buy Now?
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  • Oil Slips Back After API Reports Larger-Than-Expected Stock Gain
    Bloomberg

    Oil Slips Back After API Reports Larger-Than-Expected Stock Gain

    (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil gave back some of its gains after a report showed inventories rising more than 10 million barrels, dimming the market’s optimism after signs that the trade war between the U.S. and China may be nearing an end.Futures eased back to $53 a barrel after settling 1% higher. The industry-funded American Petroleum Institute reported a 10.5 million-barrel build in crude stocks, according to people familiar with the data. It would be the largest jump since February 2017 if government data confirms it Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump said China already has started buying American agricultural products but that a formal deal probably won’t be signed until a meeting next month with Chinese President Xi Jinping.“The 10.5 million-barrel build caused the price dip,” said Gene McGillian, manager of market research at Tradition Energy. “It brought some sellers into the market. Now we need to wait to see if the EIA confirms it.”European and British negotiators appeared be nearing an accord that would pave the way for the world’s fifth-largest economy to exit the EU. In addition, a weaker U.S. dollar spurred demand for riskier assets including commodities such as oil.“The encouraging headlines surrounding the U.S.-China trade war and Brexit seem more optimistic,” said Pavel Molchanov, a Houston-based analyst at Raymond James & Associates Inc. “In that sense, it’s perfectly reasonable for oil prices to show a bit of a bounce.”West Texas Intermediate for November delivery was 16 cents higher at $52.97 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 4:49 p.m. local time, after settling at $53.36.Brent crude for December settlement was 36 cents higher at $59.10 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange. The global benchmark settled at a premium of $5.97 to WTI for the same month.“But the main focus will still be on demand destruction despite the earlier drive higher. Even despite the drive higher. How the trade talks are going to end up and what economic data shows. Whether its going to be slowing the world economy,” McGillian said.To contact the reporters on this story: Jacquelyn Melinek in New York at jmelinek@bloomberg.net;Sheela Tobben in New York at vtobben@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Marino at dmarino4@bloomberg.net, Catherine TraywickFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg

    Chevron's Buyer for U.K. Fields Seeks Funds From Commodity Traders

    (Bloomberg) -- A unit of Delek Group Ltd. is seeking alternative means of financing to complete its $2 billion acquisition of some of Chevron Corp.’s North Sea oil and gas assets after initial funding arrangements hit stumbling blocks, according to people familiar with the matter.Ithaca Energy Ltd., the U.K. arm of Israeli explorer Delek, has asked commodity-trading houses to help it fund the deal, the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. It has already secured a $100 million investment from Trafigura Group Ltd., which also gives the trader the right to market some of its oil and gas, and is in talks for more funds, the people said.Ithaca is counting on the purchase, agreed on in May and expected to close this quarter, to boost its output before a possible initial public offering. The company is focused on the North Sea, where large producers such as Chevron are increasingly shedding mature assets so they can redeploy capital elsewhere.“Delek is scheduled to close the Chevron deal on time in accordance with the original timetables,” the company said in a statement. “The group and Ithaca are currently continuing to negotiate with several leading marketing and trading companies and Ithaca is expected to sign a binding trade and marketing agreement in the next coming days.”Chevron declined to comment.When the sale was announced, Ithaca said it was financing the purchase with a $1.65 billion bank loan, a separate $700 million bridge loan, an equity investment by Delek and cash. JPMorgan Chase & Co. and BNP Paribas SA underwrote Ithaca’s debt financing, according to a statement. Ithaca offered $700 million of bonds in July, but only sold $500 million, according to company statements.Last month, Ithaca secured the $100 million equity investment from Trafigura, but the oil company still doesn’t have the $2 billion to complete the Chevron purchase, the people said. It has previously received offers of funds from other traders, including Mercuria Energy Group Ltd., and may ask for more, according to the people. It could also get additional equity by turning to its parent Delek, which is awaiting a key asset sale next month to get more cash.The Chevron fields were highly sought after when they were up for sale, with bidders including Ineos Group and Chrysaor Holdings Ltd. At the time the sale was announced, Ithaca Chief Executive Officer Les Thomas said he couldn’t “wait to get our hands on the steering wheel” of the assets. Ithaca estimated the deal would boost 2019 production 300% and result in a 150% increase in proved and probable reserves.Additional barrels could help Ithaca attract investors to an initial public offering. Delek said in May that it planned to issue shares of Ithaca in London. Last month, Delek said Ithaca may be worth $2.5 billion.\--With assistance from Yaacov Benmeleh.To contact the reporters on this story: Kelly Gilblom in London at kgilblom@bloomberg.net;Dinesh Nair in London at dnair5@bloomberg.net;Andy Hoffman in Geneva at ahoffman31@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Herron at jherron9@bloomberg.net, John DeaneFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, BP and TOTAL
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    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, BP and TOTAL

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  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Intel, Oracle, Novo Nordisk, ConocoPhillips and Advanced Micro Devices
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    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Intel, Oracle, Novo Nordisk, ConocoPhillips and Advanced Micro Devices

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  • Analysts Estimate Caterpillar (CAT) to Report a Decline in Earnings: What to Look Out for
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    Analysts Estimate Caterpillar (CAT) to Report a Decline in Earnings: What to Look Out for

    Caterpillar (CAT) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.

  • Are Investors Falling Out of Love With Oil & Gas Mergers?
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    Investors want the oil and gas companies to reduce costs, improve internal efficiencies, raise share repurchases and increase returns.

  • Want To Retire Early? Learn the Intelligent Investing Secret - October 16, 2019
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    Want To Retire Early? Learn the Intelligent Investing Secret - October 16, 2019

    Achieving the financial freedom to retire early is a dream for most, but making that dream a reality isn't as tricky as it sounds. If you are willing to make some serious lifestyle changes and sacrifices, it can be possible.

  • New Strong Sell Stocks for October 16th
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  • Garmin (GRMN) Expands in Fitness Segment With Garmin Swim 2
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    Garmin (GRMN) Expands in Fitness Segment With Garmin Swim 2

    Garmin (GRMN) has been making significant investments in the fitness segment, which in turn helps it to develop a solid product line.

  • Oil & Gas Stock Roundup: ConocoPhillips' Australia Asset Sale, Phillips 66's Buyback & More
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    Oil & Gas Stock Roundup: ConocoPhillips' Australia Asset Sale, Phillips 66's Buyback & More

    ConocoPhillips (COP) entered into an agreement to sell some of its portfolio in Australia for $1.39 billion. Meanwhile, downstream major Phillips 66 (PSX) launched a $3 billion new buyback program.

  • Garmin (GRMN) Extends Support to National Runners Alliance
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    Garmin (GRMN) Extends Support to National Runners Alliance

    Garmin Ltd. (GRMN) partners with National Runners Alliance in a bid to fight against harassment of female runners.

  • What’s Behind The Bearish Bias In Oil Markets?
    Oilprice.com

    What’s Behind The Bearish Bias In Oil Markets?

    Oil markets have fallen at the start of this week as bearish fundamentals alongside economic fears force geopolitical risk to take a back seat

  • Top Analyst Reports for Intel, Oracle & Novo Nordisk
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    Top Analyst Reports for Intel, Oracle & Novo Nordisk

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  • Oxy Stock Offers the Buffett Experience (Sort Of)
    Bloomberg

    Oxy Stock Offers the Buffett Experience (Sort Of)

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Occidental Peteroleum Corp. is offering you the chance of a lifetime: to be just like Warren Buffett.Oxy’s stock yields 7.7% and hit 7.9% at one point on Monday. That is roughly four times what the S&P 500 pays. More importantly, it is within a whisker of 8% — the yield Oxy now also pays to one Berkshire Hathaway Inc. These two things are not unrelated.Recall that Oxy won this year’s battle for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. by outbidding Chevron Corp., partly with the aid of $10 billion from Berkshire. This came with the usual payday-loan accoutrements of that high yield, a takeout premium and warrants. Buffett’s cash also helped Oxy avoid putting the deal to its own shareholders — although many appear to have voted it down anyway, in a manner of speaking:Oxy’s stint in the doghouse partly reflects fear, with oil dropping just as Oxy’s debt ballooned. For at least the next year or so, the equity story looks yoked to the twists and turns of the trade war, which is as unsettling as it sounds.More importantly, though, Oxy’s bet on Anadarko has put it at loggerheads with what investors want from oil companies these days.What do they want? Dividends. More to the point, investors have reset the parameters of what’s acceptable in terms of how oil companies apportion cash flow. Poor returns on prior investment by the industry plus concerns about a looming peak in oil demand add up to investors wanting more of that cash directed into their own pockets rather than into drilling budgets. Oil majors have adjusted accordingly:Broadly, there are three claimants on cash flow: the company (capex), creditors (interest and principal) and shareholders (dividends). The sector zeitgeist is to minimize the first two to make more room for the latter.Oxy was an exemplar of this, but the Anadarko deal has changed the equation. Even allowing for disposals announced so far and a joint-venture payment from Ecopetrol SA, pro forma net debt has virtually tripled from Oxy’s standalone level. The extra leverage will haunt Oxy if 2020 turns out to be bad for oil prices – and based on the market’s remarkably sanguine reaction to the recent attack on Saudi Arabia, it might well be.To counter this, Oxy says a round of oil-price hedging means it can cover its dividend if West Texas Intermediate crude oil averages in the low $40s per barrel next year (it’s averaged about $57 so far in 2019). By 2021, Oxy says, it could break even at $40 a barrel without hedging as various efficiencies kick in. Consensus forecasts compiled by Bloomberg show Oxy generating just over $3 billion of free cash flow in 2020 versus a pro forma dividend payment (assuming it stays flat) of just over $2.8 billion.The caveat to this resilience case is that it would mean Oxy cutting back on capex to “maintenance” levels, implying little or no growth. Oxy raised its guidance for third-quarter production by 3% on Tuesday morning, which is positive. But if weak oil prices portend a flat line for the next year or so, then investors’ demand for that high dividend yield wouldn’t be going anywhere.The added fixed costs of higher interest payments and the Berkshire dividend have made Oxy more of a levered play on oil prices at a time when the latter look lifeless. Oxy’s most recent earnings presentation emphasized billions of excess cash (and growth) in 2021 if oil averages $60 or $70 a barrel. In the meantime, though, a big chunk of any value from the Anadarko deal accrues to Buffett. Of the $2 billion of annual pre-tax cost savings (“synergies”) from the deal, $800 million goes post-tax to servicing those preferreds. Indeed, factor in the warrants and take-out premium, plus the $1 billion break-up fee paid to Chevron — along with some other assumptions (1) — and while Oxy’s legacy shareholders get 50% of the net present value of the synergies, Berkshire takes 40%.(2)Oxy expects another $1.5 billion of capex synergies from the Anadarko deal, although this figure came with lower growth guidance so the actual gain in value is less clear, especially if the budget gets slashed toward maintenance levels in the near term.An earnings call is due in three weeks, and Oxy will need to double down on the reassurance it gave in early August. Progress on disposals to cut debt would help. An obvious choice is the stake in Western Gas Partners LP inherited from Anadarko. But this hasn’t materialized yet, and the value of the common units held in Western Gas has dropped by $1.9 billion since the bidding for Anadarko got underway in April. Absent that, details on alternative candidates are needed.Perhaps more importantly, Oxy must make a robust case for synergies coming through sooner rather than later. The current narrative of resilience and leverage to higher oil prices offers some defense against worries about the dividend’s sustainability. However, the oil-price option gets little traction in the current environment where investors are focused on cash today rather than theoretical windfalls tomorrow. Having tilted the cash flow math toward interest and those Buffett payments, Oxy is in a race to show something tangible for its own shareholders coming through from this deal. Looking at that dividend yield, they require some convincing.(1) Assumespreferreds are redeemed for 105% of face value on the 10th anniversary of the deal and all dividends have been paid in full with no accruals. Warrants valued at $542 million using the Bloomberg options calculator as of August 9, 2019 (day of Anadarko acquisition's completion) and assumed to convert to a pro forma stake in Oxy of 8.1%. Tax rate of 21% and cash flows discounted at 10%.(2) Anadarko's legacy shareholders get just under 10%.To contact the author of this story: Liam Denning at ldenning1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Gongloff at mgongloff1@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Liam Denning is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering energy, mining and commodities. He previously was editor of the Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Street column and wrote for the Financial Times' Lex column. He was also an investment banker.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Cisco Systems, SAP, Gilead Sciences, Bank of America and Caterpillar
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    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Cisco Systems, SAP, Gilead Sciences, Bank of America and Caterpillar

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  • Wayfair Launches Hykkon, Expands Presence in UK & Germany
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    Wayfair Launches Hykkon, Expands Presence in UK & Germany

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  • Caterpillar Hit by Weak Manufacturing Sector & High Costs
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    Caterpillar Hit by Weak Manufacturing Sector & High Costs

    Caterpillar's (CAT) results likely to bear the brunt of the recent slowdown in the manufacturing sector, muted China market and higher input costs thanks to the implementation of tariffs.

  • Sempra Energy to Sell Chilean Stakes, Focus on North America
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    Sempra Energy to Sell Chilean Stakes, Focus on North America

    Sempra Energy (SRE) will approximately earn $2.23 billion in cash from the divestment of its Chilean businesses, subject to working capital and debt adjustments

  • Greif Strong on Caraustar Acquisition Amid Debt Burdens
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    Greif Strong on Caraustar Acquisition Amid Debt Burdens

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  • Signs That Your Trading Will Ruin Your Retirement - October 15, 2019
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    Achieving your retirement goals takes a much different investing approach than regular stock trading, from smartly managing risk to keeping emotions in check.