Monday, November 1, 2010

Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) Share Price Driven by Headlines in Near Term on BP (NYSE:BP) Cement Job

There is no doubt in the short term that Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) shares will fluctuate based on headlines related to uncertainties surrounding the cement job which was identified as unstable by the oil spill commission investigating the cement mixture used on BP's (NYSE:BP) Macondo well.

As the smoke clears some though, a number of financial institutions consider the risk is small for ancillary companies like Halliburton, and believe will be indemnified in the incident.

Canaccord said, "While not a smoking gun, the findings do put more focus on HAL’s cementing role in the Macondo incident. However, do keep in mind that BP made all final decisions, and an unstable cement test alone does not put liability on HAL. In short, we believe that BP remains operator with full responsibility, and HAL still has indemnification protection, from reservoir pollution or contamination, outside of gross negligence (as stated in its service contract with BP, posted in response to today’s letter)."

"Chevron (NYSE:CVX) will discuss the report at the public hearing on Nov 9. Expect headlines to drive stock near term. Market has generally dismissed significant liability for other third-party contractors involved, such as Transocean (NYSE:RIG) and Cameron (NYSE:CAM), whose operations have also been called into question. In other words, we believe the market has scrutinized third-party liability and contract indemnity over the past 6 months, and has come away anticipating BP to bear the full brunt of financial responsibility."

Halliburton closed Friday at $31.86, gaining $0.18, or 0.57 percent. Canaccord has a price target of $45 on the oil services company.

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