NEW YORK, December 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Market Buzz Report, an online penny stock community, issues stock analysis for Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (NYSE:PBR), XOMA Corp (NASDAQ:XOMA), Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN), EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM), Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB).
Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras SA (NYSE:PBR) plunged 11% after Friday's announcement of a 4% price rise for gasoline and 8% for diesel, but "for commercial reasons, the parameters of the pricing methodology will be strictly internal to Petrobras." Raymond James analysts also say the guidelines on the pricing methodology are confusing, with two seemingly contradictory objectives: The first is to "reach, in a compatible time period, the alignment between Brazilian and international prices," while the second is to "prevent transferring the volatility of international prices to the domestic consumer."
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Analysts weigh in very negatively on Petrobras timid fuel price increases and opaque pricing methodology. Credit Suisse downgrades shares all the way to Sell from Buy, citing a lack of management credibility and the lack of a business friendly government in Brazil after Friday's announcement. PBR wants to reduce its debt burden to below 2.5x net debt to EBITDA but for that to happen, Credit Suisse notes it must raise its fuel price by 20% in 2015, which has not been done before. The market is concerned that this could be the last price increase until the 2014 presidential election, Deutsche Bank adds.
XOMA Corp(NASDAQ:XOMA) could be in for a big post-Thanksgiving move today based on news that the biotech-focused hedge fund Baker Brothers has been snapping up the company's shares as of late. Specifically, the fund now owns more than $100 million in XOMA, and their optimism has paid off handsomely so far this year. Based on the positive clinical development of the company's lead antibody gevokizumab in a wide variety of inflammatory conditions, XOMA shares have nearly doubled year to date.
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Although this rise has certainly been impressive, the best may be yet to come. A few weeks ago, XOMA announced compelling proof-of-concept data from two different studies for gevokizumab. During the initial data release, XOMA said it'll move forward with plans to conduct a late-stage trial for gevokizumab as a treatment for pyoderma gangrenosum, a rare type of skin ulcer. And recently, XOMA decided to go forward with a second late-stage trial to study the antibody in erosive osteoarthritis of the hand.
Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) reports its North American billings for the four-day Thanksgiving weekend were up 30% Y/Y. The company adds 55% of those transactions took place via mobile devices. (PR) The billings growth rate is soundly above the 20% North American gross billings growth Groupon reported for Q3, and even with the 30% clip it reported for Q2. The share of N.A. transactions coming via mobile appears to be up slightly from Q3, during which time mobile accounted for "over 50%" of buying activity. Amazon and eBay also saw strong weekend sales.
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Shares of EnteroMedics Inc(NASDAQ:ETRM) were holding onto this morning's big gains - and then some.
Count Northland Capital's Suraj Kalia among those who think the stock has further to run. "Based on the current 18-month data, and barring any unforeseen kinks in any subgroup analysis (only top-line data has been released so far), we do not envision a mixed or negative ruling in an FDA panel," Kalia says, referencing the pivotal VBLOC study.
Northland's target is $7 and although Kalia says that the firm "can articulate on DCF's as to how [the] price target was achieved ... ETRM could now be a good takeout target post-approval."
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Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) says it expects the temporary shutdown of its operations in southern Iraq last month in a security incident to reduce Q4 profits ~2%, impacting EPS $0.02-$0.03; the average analyst earnings estimate for the quarter is $1.37/share. SLB says activity has nearly returned to normal at the location, and expects continued strong growth in Iraq next year, SLB's president of operations and integration tells an investor conference. Otherwise, SLB reiterates expectations for spending growth in 2014, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, sub-Saharan Africa, Russia, the Middle East and China.
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