Posted by Malcolm Graham-Wood - Malcy's Blog
Traders told me yesterday that the market was looking to have a correction so when the EIA inventory stats came out, although initially pleasing, they found some dirt. That was in the fact that although there was a useful draw of 2.6m barrels, better than forecast and the API number it was ‘in the wrong place' as in on the West coast and in fact at Cushing it was a build. You can only please some of the people some of the time.
It is sad to see Simon Henry leaving Shell, for me and many others he has been Mr Consistent as head of IR and then CFO. But he deserves the rest it will become and a life of luxury although I suspect many non-exec jobs beckon. He is replaced by Jessica Uhl who was with Enron in Panama before which is scarier than it really is one hopes…
I will come back to PFC and other OFS companies later in the week, time is short today but the trading update this morning is a bit mixed. Net profits are expected to be in line with expectations at around $410m with the Group, ex IES, better at $465m but a worse situation at IES of a loss of $55m. The sooner Ayman can boot that lot into touch the better. As one might expect revenues are ‘record' and the company is running very efficiently but order intake at $1.4bn is low field and the backlog is only $14.5bn. The market remains ‘challenging' but I expect order inflow to pick up sharply in 2017 as delayed orders come through.
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