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    Antero Resources (AR) might move higher on growing optimism about its earnings prospects, which is reflected by its upgrade to a Zacks Rank 2 (Buy).

  • Phillips 66 (PSX) Gears Up for Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?
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    Phillips 66 (PSX) Gears Up for Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?

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  • ExxonMobil (XOM) to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?
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    ExxonMobil (XOM) to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in Store?

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  • Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up
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    Chile’s Latam Airlines Improves Premium Product Ahead of Delta Tie-Up

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  • Is a Beat in Store for Magellan Midstream's (MMP) Q4 Earnings?
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    Is a Beat in Store for Magellan Midstream's (MMP) Q4 Earnings?

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  • Implied Volatility Surging for Callon Petroleum (CPE) Stock Options
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    Implied Volatility Surging for Callon Petroleum (CPE) Stock Options

    Investors need to pay close attention to Callon Petroleum (CPE) stock based on the movements in the options market lately.

  • Valero (VLO) Gears Up for Q4 Earnings: What's in the Cards?
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    Valero (VLO) Gears Up for Q4 Earnings: What's in the Cards?

    Valero Energy's (VLO) fourth-quarter 2019 earnings are expected to have been affected by lower profits from the Refining business.

  • Gym Chains Wrestle With Debt Even as Fitness Industry Is Growing
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    Gym Chains Wrestle With Debt Even as Fitness Industry Is Growing

    (Bloomberg) -- It’s midday, mid-January at a New York Sports Club in Manhattan. Weights are clanking. Classic rock is pumping. Sweat is sprouting. A steady stream of customers files in and out.Despite the buzz of the busiest time of year, debt problems are bedeviling the fitness business, especially middle-market gym chains such as parent company Town Sports International Holdings Inc. and its peer, 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc.Gyms have benefited from economic expansion. More Americans than ever have memberships. But popularity aside, middle-tier operators “don’t have the same price advantage of a low-cost gym or the competitive advantage of a boutique fitness option,” said Emile Courtney of S&P Global Ratings.They’re up against luxury operators like Equinox Holdings Inc., with its eucalyptus-scented towels and debt that trades at 100 cents on the dollar. By contrast, Town Sports and 24 Hour struggle with customer turnover and their loans are sold at discounts of more than 20%.“Personalization and tribalism are fueling the boutique demand, especially among millennials,” said Meredith Poppler of the trade group International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. “Most people want to be with ‘their people,’ the people like them who have the same passions. Boutiques deliver on that.”Town Sports, with 600,000 members, has a $194 million loan due in November. Before its proposal earlier this month to buy Flywheel Sports Inc., an indoor cycling club with 300,000 members, Town Sports hadn’t outlined a plan to repay it, according to Margaret Taylor of Moody’s Investors Service.Delay MaturityBut the company can delay the loan’s maturity four years if it completes the acquisition. Kennedy Lewis Investment Management, the current Flywheel owner, would also bring $50 million to the transaction.The plan, however, is conditioned on the support of existing debt holders. Without their consent, the deal could fall apart and the company would be left with the loan’s November maturity.Ideally, adding Flywheel would give Town Sports the chance to boost revenue by selling members more expensive packages, according to S&P. Even so, the debt taken on to buy Flywheel would probably mean more financial strain on Town Sports, S&P said.Sweeten AppealThe Town Sports loan coming due this year is trading at about 76.5 cents on the dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Shares of the company, which hit $14.75 in July 2018, now go for less than $3.Town Sports didn’t respond to requests for comment.The Flywheel acquisition is also an effort to sweeten Town Sports’s appeal to boutique customers like 29-year-old Alexandra Antonacci-Bolanos. The medical-device executive from West Islip, New York, said she doesn’t mind paying more for fitness because it lifts her spirits. On top of $70 a month for a gym membership, she said she spends about $36 a class for SoulCycle -- a company under the same corporate umbrella as Equinox -- which is often described as a cardio dance party.“It’s my therapy,” she said.Rocky DebutClosely held 24 Hour Fitness, with more than 440 clubs, carries too much debt for what it earns, according to Taylor of Moody’s. The company reported a slide in earnings last year partly due to the rocky debut of an automated system for checking in and signing up customers. Its membership declined to 3.4 million at the end of the third quarter from 3.5 million in the previous quarter, according to Moody’s. Its average monthly attrition rate rose to 4.1% compared with 3.9% in the third quarter of last year.Cancellations are killers for gyms. It costs twice as much to recruit a new member as it does to retain an existing one. Roughly 28 of 100 U.S. gym members are expected to bail this year, according to the trade group.24 Hour Fitness’s more than $800 million term loan is trading at around 78 cents on the dollar, according to Bloomberg pricing data.“We see a tremendous opportunity in the mid-tier that hasn’t yet been realized,” Tony Ueber, 24 Hour Fitness’s chief executive officer, said in a statement to Bloomberg. “As a result, we are in the process of transforming our business model and making the necessary investments to firmly establish a leadership position in the industry.”Monthly FeesMeanwhile, shares of Planet Fitness Inc., with its $10 monthly fees and promise of “judgment-free zones,” have gained about 36% in the past year.Though S&P said last week it downgraded Equinox to B-, non-investment-grade territory, because its increased expenses make the company more vulnerable to an economic downturn or “an inadvertent operating misstep,” the credit-rating company also lauded Equinox’s “strong brand awareness among consumers” and customer loyalty that set it apart from competitors.Closely held Equinox said it planned to open 10 new clubs this year. It declined to comment on its financial position.Jonathan Germer, a 29-year-old teacher from Sayville, New York, said he’s involved in different approaches to fitness, including Crossfit Inc. He said he likes the sense of community of Peloton Interactive Inc., even though he shares no physical space with others.Germer said he spent just under $2,000 for a Peloton stationary bike and pays $40 a month for a digital membership that allows him to join streaming classes at home.“To be able to feel like you’re a part of something that feels bigger than small-time America is great for so many people,” Germer said. “It feels bigger than a little fitness world.”To contact the reporter on this story: Katherine Doherty in New York at kdoherty23@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rick Green at rgreen18@bloomberg.net, Bob IvryFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • A Sliding Share Price Has Us Looking At Callon Petroleum Company's (NYSE:CPE) P/E Ratio
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    A Sliding Share Price Has Us Looking At Callon Petroleum Company's (NYSE:CPE) P/E Ratio

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    Implied Volatility Surging for Acorda (ACOR) Stock Options

    Investors need to pay close attention to Acorda (ACOR) stock based on the movements in the options market lately.

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    Those Who Purchased Oasis Petroleum (NASDAQ:OAS) Shares Three Years Ago Have A 83% Loss To Show For It

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    Gulfport's Bearish Run Persists: Can the Stock Turn Around?

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    Here's Why You Should Hold on to SM Energy (SM) Stock Now

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    Murphy Oil (MUR) is an appropriate investment pick, courtesy of these five factors.

  • Natural Gas Falls to Lowest Since 2016: Has it Bottomed Out?
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    Natural Gas Falls to Lowest Since 2016: Has it Bottomed Out?

    Natural gas futures slumped to their lowest level in more than three and a half years after weather updates showed milder temperatures and pessimistic signs for heating demand over the next few days.

  • Implied Volatility Surging for Oasis Petroleum (OAS) Stock Options
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    Implied Volatility Surging for Oasis Petroleum (OAS) Stock Options

    Investors need to pay close attention to Oasis Petroleum (OAS) stock based on the movements in the options market lately.

  • Yes, You Can Time the Market. Find out How - January 17, 2020
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    Yes, You Can Time the Market. Find out How - January 17, 2020

    Is the ability to time the markets more of a data-driven science or a 'gut - feeling' art?

  • Trade Deal Impacts the Energy Sector: LNG to Gain the Most?
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    Trade Deal Impacts the Energy Sector: LNG to Gain the Most?

    Of the additional $200-billion purchase of U.S. goods over the next two years (keeping 2017 imports as the base level), $52.4 billion will likely come from the energy sector.

  • Overseas Strength to Aid Baker Hughes' (BKR) Q4 Earnings
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    Overseas Strength to Aid Baker Hughes' (BKR) Q4 Earnings

    The ramp-up in international drilling operations has likely contributed to Baker Hughes' (BKR) Q4 earnings.

  • Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?
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    Gulfport Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:GPOR): What Does Its Beta Value Mean For Your Portfolio?

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  • Find Cheap Highly-Ranked Stocks Trading Under $10 for 2020
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    Find Cheap Highly-Ranked Stocks Trading Under $10 for 2020

    Find Cheap Highly-Ranked Stocks Trading Under $10 for 2020

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: EQT, Gulfport Energy, Southwestern Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas and SilverBow Resources
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    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: EQT, Gulfport Energy, Southwestern Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas and SilverBow Resources

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