KOGAS to Receive first Cheniere LNG Cargo
KOGAS to receive first LNG cargo from Cheniere in July; this marks start of 20-year supply contract. Korea Gas Corp (KOGAS) will early next month receive its first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo under a long-term supply deal with U.S. exporter Cheniere Energy, two sources at the South Korean company said on Friday. The 74,000-tonne LNG cargo was loaded from Cheniere's Sabine Pass export terminal in Louisiana and is scheduled to arrive at the port of Tongyeong…
Oil, Commodities Worst 2015 Performers
Oil and commodities were the world's worst-performing asset class for the second year running in 2015, pressured by China's economic slowdown and excess supply. Brent crude looked set for a loss of around 36 percent for the year as sustained selling pushed prices near 11-year lows, and the outlook for oil prices looks bleak for 2016. The Thomson Reuters CRB commodities index fell 24 percent to six-year lows. Among currencies, the U.S.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise, Despite Call for Cuts
Greenhouse gas emissions by the world's top 500 companies rose 3.1 percent from 2010 to 2013, far off the cuts urged by the United Nations to limit global warming, a study showed on Monday. The top 500 firms by capitalisation accounted for 13.8 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions and 28 percent of gross domestic product in 2013, according to the report, drawn up by the information provider Thomson Reuters and BSD Consulting, a global sustainability consultancy.
Coal Rally at Risk as China Imports sag
If you believe that thermal coal's rally this year has been largely on the back of rising Chinese imports, it follows that any sign of moderation in demand in the world's biggest buyer would raise a red flag of caution. That banner may be in the process of being hoisted, with shipping data suggesting August imports of the fuel used mainly for power generation may be the lowest for six months. Ship-tracking…
Oil Drop a Mixed Blessing for US Corporate Results
The sharp decline in oil prices has taken a toll on earnings estimates for the U.S. energy sector, but investors expecting a benefit to other sectors of the market may be disappointed, Thomson Reuters research shows. Certain retailers have shown improvement in results as fuel costs have declined, while industrials and materials companies tend to show their results decline even as energy prices fall. Airlines…
SunPower Forecasts Lower-than-Estimated 2015 Profit
SunPower Corp, the second-largest maker of solar panels in the United States, forecast a much lower-than-estimated 2015 profit, sending its shares down 11 percent. The company expects to earn between $1.10 and $1.50 per share, excluding items, for the next year. Analysts on average were expecting an adjusted profit of $1.69 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company's shares were down 8 percent at $26.83 in early trading on the Nasdaq.
National Oilwell Beats Profit Estimates
National Oilwell Varco Inc's first-quarter profit beat analyst estimates, helped by strong demand for its services that prepare oil and gas wells for production. Net income attributable to the company rose to $589 million, or $1.37 per share, in the quarter ended March 31, from $502 million, or $1.17 per share, a year earlier. Excluding $19 million in pretax transaction charges, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider earned $1.40 per share…
Chevron Expects Second-quarter Profit to Rise
Chevron Corp, the second-largest oil company in the United States, said on Thursday it expects its second-quarter profit to rise, helped in part by asset sales and fewer one-time charges. The company said its quarterly profit should "be higher" in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, when it posted net income of $4.51 billion, or $2.36 per share. Analysts expect, on average, Chevron to post second-quarter earnings of $2.76 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Enbridge's Profit Beats Expectations
Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline company, reported a better-than-expected profit in the second quarter, driven mainly by higher shipment volumes on the Canadian Mainline system. The company's adjusted earnings rose to C$328 million ($299.95 million), or 40 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30 from C$306 million, or 38 Canadian cents, a year earlier. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of 39 Canadian cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Schlumberger:Russia Sanctions Hurt Earnings
Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, said it expected U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia to hurt earnings by 3 cents per share in the third quarter. Analysts on average expect the company to earn $1.51 per share in the quarter ending September, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company, which drills with Rosneft on the Russian island of Sakhalin, said sanctions were restricting the engagement of people and equipment. Reporting by Ashutosh Pandey
Upstream O&G Companies Face Interest Payments Friday
At least 10 upstream oil and gas companies, cramped for cash in the oil downturn, must make coupon payments Friday, April 15, according to Thomson Reuters data. Among them are oil and gas giant Chesapeake Energy Corp , which completed a debt swap last year, and Linn Energy LLC. Linn skipped interest payments due last month. (Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)
Sunoco Logistics to Buy Energy Transfer Partners
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP said on Monday it would buy Energy Transfer Partners LP in a deal valued at $19.93 billion. Sunoco Logistics said ETP shareholders would get 1.5 Sunoco units for each ETP share they own, which works out to about $39.30 per share, a slight discount to the stock's Friday close of $39.37. ETP owns about 21 pct of Sunoco Logistics, according to Thomson Reuters data. Sunoco Logistics' general partner is a unit of ETP. (Reporting by Vishaka George in Bengaluru)
Saipem Sticks to Guidance as Q1 Beats Forecasts
Italian oil services group Saipem stuck to its guidance for the year on Wednesday as first-quarter operating profits beat forecasts thanks to growth in its construction business. Saipem, controlled by oil major Eni and state lender fund FSI, said its earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came in at 179 million euros ($203 million) compared to a Thomson Reuters SmartEstimate of 154 million euros. Saipem…
Shell's Philippines Unit Preparing for Stock Market Listing
Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said on Wednesday its subsidiary in the Philippines, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), is in the process of preparing an initial public offering (IPO) of its shares. PSPC has hired BPI Capital Corp and JP Morgan for the process, IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication, reported earlier this month. (Reporting by Ron Bousso; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
ADM Profit Disappoints on Weak Ethanol Margins
U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly profit on weak ethanol margins and as a strong dollar and ample South American crop supplies limited grain exports from the United States. Chicago-based ADM reported a net third-quarter profit of $252 million, or 41 cents per share, down from $747 million, or $1.14 per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, earnings fell to 60 cents per share from 86 cents a year ago…
Asia LNG Prices Lower on Piecemeal Demand
Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices slipped on Friday as disappointing demand weighed on the market, traders said. The price of spot LNG for May delivery eased to $7.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) from $7.70 last week. Thomson Reuters Point Carbon analysts forecast the LNG Asia spot price at between $7 and $9 per mmBtu for this summer. "Disappointing demand growth from main LNG importers…
W. Europe Could See Record Russian Gas Imports
Russian gas imports into Western Europe could rise to a record this summer as utilities increase purchases from Russia, taking advantage of lower prices for oil-indexed gas contracts, analysts said. Europe's biggest utilities have deferred taking delivery of Russian gas in the winter until the second quarter, when weaker oil prices worked through into gas contracts, making the supply cheaper. They reduced purchases of Russian oil-linked gas by around one quarter from Jan.
Day Ahead Prices Decline as Wind Expected to Drop
Central European day ahead power prices fell on Friday on low weekend demand but ebbing wind generation levels limited the declines and were expected to support prices at the start of next week, traders said. On regional exchanges, Czech electricity for Saturday fell nearly 9 percent to 31.64 euros ($40.2) per megawatt hour, Slovak day ahead slipped more than 5 percent to 32.83 euros and Hungarian prompt power fell about 3 percent to 37.92 euros.
Transocean Delays Financials, Charges Hammer Stock Price
Rig contractor Transocean Ltd said it expected to incur impairment charges of $2.76 billion in the third quarter and would delay its results for the period, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent premarket. Rig operators such as Transocean have been battered this year as new rigs enter service, adding to an already oversupplied market. Day rates for offshore rigs are expected to drop further over the next few quarters as oil companies shy away from expensive offshore production.
Venezuelan Crude Sales to US Declined 7% in March
Exports of Venezuelan crude to the United States fell almost 7 percent in March versus the same month of 2015 to 793,581 barrels per day (bpd), according to Thomson Reuters Trade Flows data, affected by delays at the country's main oil port. Even though the sales recovered versus the previous two months, when they hit record lows, the increase was not enough to reach last year levels. State-run oil company PDVSA and its joint ventures sent 52 crude cargoes to the United States last month…