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  • With Xylem, Smart Water Isn't Just for Drinking
    Motley Fool

    With Xylem, Smart Water Isn't Just for Drinking

    The company is bringing disruptive technologies to the water infrastructure and treatment businesses.

  • Will PetroChina Pull Out of Venezuela Amid US Sanctions?
    Zacks

    Will PetroChina Pull Out of Venezuela Amid US Sanctions?

    Amid political and economic unrest in Venezuela, PetroChina (PTR) suspends direct purchase of crude oil from the country.

  • The Truth About Market Timing - August 19, 2019
    Zacks

    The Truth About Market Timing - August 19, 2019

    Have you ever dreamed of being that one in a million investor who has the talent to perfectly time the markets?

  • Oil Prices Rise on Saudi Oilfield Attack: Winners & Losers
    Zacks

    Oil Prices Rise on Saudi Oilfield Attack: Winners & Losers

    A weekend attack on a Saudi oil facility by Yemeni separatists sends oil prices higher. Here's a rundown on big winners and losers from the oil price rally.

  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Clean Harbors (CLH) Now
    Zacks

    6 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Clean Harbors (CLH) Now

    Clean Harbors (CLH) looks well poised on the back of expansive infrastructure, specialized equipment, capital base and customer relationships.

  • Is Xylem Inc.’s (NYSE:XYL) Return On Capital Employed Any Good?
    Simply Wall St.

    Is Xylem Inc.’s (NYSE:XYL) Return On Capital Employed Any Good?

    Today we are going to look at Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) to see whether it might be an attractive investment prospect...

  • Is National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) Using Too Much Debt?
    Simply Wall St.

    Is National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) Using Too Much Debt?

    Legendary fund manager Li Lu (who Charlie Munger backed) once said, 'The biggest investment risk is not the volatility...

  • Schlumberger (SLB) Down 15.6% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?
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    Schlumberger (SLB) Down 15.6% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

    Schlumberger (SLB) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

  • Why the Offshore Drilling Recovery Is Real
    Motley Fool

    Why the Offshore Drilling Recovery Is Real

    After a few challenging years, activity in this corner of the energy market has finally started bouncing back.

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents

    Edited Transcript of FTK earnings conference call or presentation 8-Aug-19 2:00pm GMT

    Q2 2019 Flotek Industries Inc Earnings Call

  • Is Oil States International (NYSE:OIS) A Risky Investment?
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    Is Oil States International (NYSE:OIS) A Risky Investment?

    Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' It's only natural to consider a company's...

  • Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) Has Debt But No Earnings; Should You Worry?
    Simply Wall St.

    Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) Has Debt But No Earnings; Should You Worry?

    David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the...

  • Here's Why Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) Has A Meaningful Debt Burden
    Simply Wall St.

    Here's Why Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) Has A Meaningful Debt Burden

    Some say volatility, rather than debt, is the best way to think about risk as an investor, but Warren Buffett famously...

  • Halliburton Clinches Nine Offshore Contracts in Senegal
    Zacks

    Halliburton Clinches Nine Offshore Contracts in Senegal

    Halliburton's (HAL) contract win is set to cater services to Senegal's first offshore deep-water oil development.

  • Is RPC, Inc.'s (NYSE:RES) P/E Ratio Really That Good?
    Simply Wall St.

    Is RPC, Inc.'s (NYSE:RES) P/E Ratio Really That Good?

    This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios...

  • Thomson Reuters StreetEvents

    Edited Transcript of TTI earnings conference call or presentation 8-Aug-19 2:30pm GMT

    Q2 2019 Tetra Technologies Inc Earnings Call

  • GuruFocus.com

    US Stock Markets Advance Tuesday

    JD.com rises on quarterly results Continue reading...

  • It Looks Like a Tough Quarter for Nvidia Stock Ahead of Earnings
    InvestorPlace

    It Looks Like a Tough Quarter for Nvidia Stock Ahead of Earnings

    From the beginning of June to late July, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) was on the comeback trail. Nvidia stock went from $134 to $179 during this period.Source: Shutterstock Yet lately things have come undone. Of course, the overall market has been bearish and the situation with U.S.-China relations have deteriorated quickly. So yes, the Nvidia stock price has come under lots of pressure.In fact, for the past 12 months, the return is an awful -39%. This is certainly in stark contrast to the prior years when Nvidia could do no wrong.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSo what now? Perhaps NVDA is an opportunity here? Well, on Thursday the company will report its results for the second quarter after the market closes, and this will certainly be an important one. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul Here's what the Street is looking for: * Revenues are forecasted to drop by 18% to $2.55 billion (keep in mind that the company's own estimate is for a range of $2.5 billion to $2.6 billion). * Earnings are expected to come to $1.14 per share.Even with the estimated decline on the top-line, NVDA still may have a challenge in beating the forecast. The data center business appears to still be languishing, especially given the impact from rival Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD). The gaming business also continues to have problems.Here's what Instinet analyst David Wong wrote:"With data-center (GPU) sales growing just 4% QoQ in the October 2018 quarter, then falling 14% sequentially in the January 2019 quarter and a further 7% QoQ in the April 2019 quarter (April 2019 down 10% YoY), we expect another YoY decline in data-center segment revenues in the July 2019 quarter and possibly again in the October 2019 quarter." Nvidia Stock Quarterly HighlightsNVDA definitely had an active quarter. Here are some of the notable announcements: * The company said that partners like Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL), HP (NYSE:HPQ), Lenovo and BOXX will release ten new NVIDIA RTX Studio laptops and professional-grade mobile workstations. They will highlight new capabilities like real-time ray tracing, advanced AI and ultra-high-resolution video editing. * At the SIGGRAPH conference, NVDA announced that top software developers, such as Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK), have created over 40 applications for the RTX technology. * NVDA launched various new GPUs, including GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, allowing for next-generation games. What's more, this core RTX technology will be used in the eagerly awaited game, Cyberpunk 2077 (it won over 100 awards at E3 2019). * The company entered a strategic alliance with Volvo Group for the development of autonomous trucks. * NVDA announced a breakthrough in AI language understanding, which should make it easier for businesses to engage with customer conversations. The company's AI platform can train one of the most sophisticated models, called BERT, in less than an hour -- making inferences in just over 2 milliseconds. Bottom Line on Nvidia StockThere's no doubt that NVDA has been prescient in leveraging its GPU expertise into markets beyond gaming, such as the data center and AI. The result is that the company has become a mega powerhouse in the chip industry.But the problem is that the competition is starting to take a toll. For example, companies like Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) are creating their own AI chips. There are also a myriad of startups, like Graphcore, that are gunning for the opportunity.In the meantime, the situation with US-China relations appears to be far from resolved. This is particularly troublesome for NVDA because it has about 23% exposure to China.So in light of all this, it's probably best to hold off on the stock ahead of this week's earnings report.Tom Taulli is the author of the book, Artificial Intelligence Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction. Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul * 5 More Cloud Stocks With Plenty of Potential * 5 Clean Energy ETFs to Buy for 2019 The post It Looks Like a Tough Quarter for Nvidia Stock Ahead of Earnings appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Do Directors Own CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) Shares?
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    Do Directors Own CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) Shares?

    The big shareholder groups in CARBO Ceramics Inc. (NYSE:CRR) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large...

  • Bloomberg

    The Bond Raters Still Need to Be Fixed

    (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Standard & Poor’s(1), Moody’s and Fitch Ratings, the biggest credit-ratings companies, were major causative factors in the financial crisis. Even free-market acolyte Alan Greenspan admitted as much. Little has changed since then, other than that enough time has passed to allow investors to forget this fact.I have been following this issue since 2007, so here is a brief history.With the economy still sluggish after the dot-com crash and 9/11, the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to 1%. Bond managers were under intense pressure to generate yield. This sent them on a mad scramble to find investment-grade debt with higher returns.This is where the credit raters come in. Moody’s and S&P (Fitch was a relatively small player) slapped investment grade ratings on securities backed by junk subprime loans because they were literally paid to do so by debt issuers. Issuers shopped for ratings -- if Moody’s refused to provide a desired grade, then S&P would (and vice versa). When it all went south, the debt raters made feeble attempts to claim their ratings were "opinions," or protected political speech under the First Amendment. These arguments failed, eventually leading to fines for their malfeasance. S&P paid $1.5 billion to settle with the U.S. and individual states; Moody’s paid a much smaller fine.In the aftermath of the financial crisis, regulators concluded that the way to fix the problem of the raters' conflict-riddled, issuer-pays model was to introduce more competition. But this market-based solution seems to be no better; because the newcomers are hungry for business, their ratings tend to be even laxer. If anything, the solution has only made the conflicts of interest more apparent. To fix this problem requires a radical rethink of the business model. Here are some things regulators should consider:• Sell ratings to bond buyers, not bond issuers: The ratings companies date back to the panic of 1837. The defaults and bank failures that followed led to creation of new businesses to help rate the debt of merchants. During the 19th century, investors in railroads paid for information on the quality of the bonds they were buying, which is how S&P and Moody's got their start. In the 1970s, the raters began the practice of charging issuers for their services, displacing the subscriber-pays model. That the investor-pays model once prevailed suggests that under the right conditions and with the right incentives it could work again.• Assign and rotate rating companies randomly: After the many accounting scandal of the early 2000s -- Cendant, Computer Associates, Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia, AOL, Global Crossing, Halliburton and many more -- a number of reforms were made to the accounting industry. Included in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was the establishment of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, or PCAOB. This established new standards for independence, created audit rules and mandated quality control. Perhaps most importantly, it required whoever the lead partner was on an audit to rotate off that project every five years, reducing the tendency of those who are supposed to work at arm's length from getting too cozy.(2) The incentive to cheat was replaced with a high probability of getting caught. The result has been a dearth of the kind of accounting frauds that were so common in the late 1990s and 2000s.• Eliminate the government stamp of approval: The credit raters were granted special government dispensations in 1975, setting them up as the official arbiters of corporate credit quality. This unique status created a moral hazard, with raters facing few consequences for their actions; it is also what enabled the structural problem in the first place. Compare this situation to the equity side: the dot-com implosion taught stock buyers not to rely on Wall Street analyst ratings, which exist (mostly) for the benefit of investment bankers, not investors.The financial crisis should have taught the same lesson to bond investors. But there's still the imprimatur of government credibility to fall back on. If we eliminate that special status, the structural problem should disappear. At the very least, there should be some form of legal liability for misleading ratings.• Create stronger capital reserve standards: This is a big part of the problem: Higher credit ratings give banks and other financial companies cover for holding less capital. If more specific capital requirements were mandated, the need for AAA ratings would change dramatically; ratings would be explicitly structured for the benefit of bond buyers, and not the needs of the borrowers. Today, the ratings serve as a way for issuers to engineer their way to lower borrowing costs.As the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission concluded in its autopsy of the crisis: “The three credit-rating agencies were key enablers of the financial meltdown. The mortgage-related securities at the heart of the crisis could not have been marketed and sold without their seal of approval.”The ratings companies were broken in 2008; they are still broken today because post-crisis reforms didn't address the root problems. Don’t be surprised if it turns out that the credit raters provided some of the kindling the next time the financial system goes up in flames.(1) Disclosure: The original publisher of my book on the financial crisis, "Bailout Nation," was McGraw-Hill, which also owns S&P. After an editorialdisagreement about thechapter on the credit raters, including S&P, I withdrew my manuscript. The book was later published by Wiley.(2) Auditor rotation was abandoned under intense pressure from the accounting industry.To contact the author of this story: Barry Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: James Greiff at jgreiff@bloomberg.netThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He is the author of “Bailout Nation.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Ray Dalio's Top 6 Buys of the 2nd Quarter
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    Ray Dalio's Top 6 Buys of the 2nd Quarter

    Bridgewater’s top buys include 2 Chinese ETFs Continue reading...

  • Oilprice.com

    Trade War Turnaround Sends Oil Soaring

    Oil prices saw a significant spike on Tuesday morning as Washington announced that it would delay the 10 percent it had planned to place on some Chinese products

  • GuruFocus.com

    Clean Harbors Inc (CLH) COO(CHESI) Eric W Gerstenberg Sold $1.6 million of Shares

    COO(CHESI) of Clean Harbors Inc (30-Year Financial, Insider Trades) Eric W Gerstenberg (insider trades) sold 20,000 shares of CLH on 08/08/2019 at an average price of $78.52 a share. Continue reading...

  • 3 Energy Stocks to Sell Now
    InvestorPlace

    3 Energy Stocks to Sell Now

    Oil prices fell to their lowest levels since January last week as trade war fears returned. Energy stocks fell in sympathy and remain one of the weakest sectors heading into the new week. Today we'll analyze the downside reversal and identify three energy stocks to sell.Source: Shutterstock The easiest way to spot the bears' emergence in oil stocks is by using the Energy Sector ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE). We saw downside momentum surge during last week's whack suggesting the downtrend should have staying power. Volume surged alongside the slide revealing mass distribution and an environment where rallies should be suspect. The mid-week recovery was cut short ahead of the weekend. Friday's bearish reversal candle is seeing follow through this morning making now a prime time to deploy short trades in the sector. * 10 Real Estate Investments to Ride Out the Current Storm I've scoured its constituents and discovered three high-quality stocks to sell. Let's take a closer look.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Conoco Phillips (COP)Source: ThinkorSwim ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) carries one of the best characteristics for bearish candidates: relative weakness. This year's descent has far outpaced the energy sector making it one of the weakest large-gaps in the space. Last week's plunge pushed COP stock to a 52-week low, and it's now down 14% year-to-date.Thursday's rally was quickly reversed on Friday showing just how fast sellers are to reject any strength. With all major moving averages pointing lower and buyers unable to muster together more than a one-day rally, the path of least resistance remains lower.To bank on further weakness, buy the Nov $55/$50 bear put spread for $2.20. The risk is limited to the initial cost, and the reward is $2.80. Schlumberger (SLB)Source: ThinkorSwim Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) also slipped to a 52-week low last week and found itself down 5% year-to-date. While the damage isn't as severe as what we've seen in COP stock, SLB remains in a secular decline with countless failed rallies. Thursday's rebound attempt was pathetic and rapidly reversed by Friday's slide.I see zero reasons to be bullish here or fight the trend, which is pointing lower across all time frames.Implied volatility sits at a lofty 40% or the 56th percentile of its one-year range so short premium plays are attractive right now. This should allow us to build a cash flow trade with robust metrics. * 7 Large-Cap Stocks to Sell Right Now If you're willing to bet SLB sits below $35 at September expiration then sell the $35/$37.50 bear call spread for 70 cents. The reward is 70 cents, and the risk is $1.80. Halliburton (HAL)Source: ThinkorSwim Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) rounds out our trio of bearish beauties. From a performance perspective, it's the worst of the three with a year-to-date loss of 27%. It has been poison to portfolios. Last week's oil drop didn't just push HAL stock to a new 52-week low; it knocked to its lowest level since 2009.As you would expect with such atrocious performance, everything on the chart points to lower prices. The trend on all time frames is cruising lower, moving averages are falling, and relative weakness has followed the stock like a hellhound.Implied volatility is sky-high at the 77th percentile of its one-year range. To combat the expensiveness of option premiums, spreads are a must.Buy the Oct $20/$17.50 bear put spread for around $1.05. The risk is limited to $1.05, and the reward is limited to $1.95.As of this writing, Tyler Craig didn't hold positions in any of the aforementioned securities. Check out his recently released Bear Market Survival Guide to learn how to defend your portfolio against market volatility. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Large-Cap Stocks to Sell Right Now * 7 Stocks Under $7 to Invest in Now * 7 Marijuana Stocks With Critical Levels to Watch The post 3 Energy Stocks to Sell Now appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Man arrested for allegedly installing hidden camera in United Airlines restroom
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    Man arrested for allegedly installing hidden camera in United Airlines restroom

    Halliburton employee Choon Lee is accused of installing the camera in a first-class restroom, where one female passenger noticed its blinking light, and installing another one on an Emirates flight.