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May 15 2015 Basic Materials, Energy

Sand is the Proppant of Choice and is Eroding Carbo Ceramics’ Market

Research Question: Will sand replace ceramic proppants in the pressure pumping industry? Companies: CRR, SLCA, IMYSF, HCLP, EMES, HAL, SGO, SLB By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings All 20 sources acknowledged that sand is currently the proppant of choice of the oil and gas industry, and it is […]

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May 05 2015 Basic Materials, Chemicals

Flotek’s CnF Sales Face Market, Pricing and Performance Data Headwinds

Research Question: With rig counts down 35% to 40%, what is the demand for Flotek’s CnF in well completions and horizontal refraccing? Companies: BHI, FMSA, FTK, HAL, SLB By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Flotek Industries Inc.’s (FTK) Complex nano-Fluid (CnF) product suite will face less demand because of reductions […]

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Low Demand, Low Prices Characterize Oilfield Service Market

Research Question: What has been the result of lower E&P capex budgets? Companies: BAS, BHI, CLR, DVN, EGN, EOG, FANG, HAL, HP, KEG, MRO, NBR, NFX, PE, PTEN, PXD, RES, SLB, TCW, XEC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Highlights Pressure Pumping Demand Continues to Diminish, Service Prices Hit Bottom (HAL, RES, SLB, TCW) Across many […]

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Sand vs. Ceramics Whisper

Sand vs. Ceramics Whisper

Research Question: Will sand replace ceramic proppants in the pressure pumping industry? Companies Covered: Carbo Ceramics (CRR), U.S. Silica (SLCA), Saint Gobain (GOB.DU), Imerys (IMYSF), Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP), Emerge Energy Services (EMES), Halliburton (HAL), Schlumberger (SLB)​ Report Available: May 14, 2015   Blueshift’s initial research shows the proppant market slowing considerably as the oil market […]

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Orica Whisper

Orica Whisper

Research Question: Will there be an even bigger decline in the explosives industry given the drop-off in mining associated with coal and iron ore? Companies Covered: Orica (ORI), Dyno Nobel Inc. Report Available: April 29, 2015   Blueshift’s initial research shows mines in both iron ore and coal production slowing as China’s demand for iron […]

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HAL Gaining Share on Price Concessions in Pressure Pumping Market

Research Question: Which pressure pumping company is benefitting from the low oil price environment? Companies: HAL, SLB, WFT   Highlights Three well completion managers working for E&P companies with operations in the Rocky Mountain area agreed that Halliburton Corp. (HAL) has become the leader in giving price concessions for pressure pumping/well stimulation services in the region. […]

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Drilling, Fraccing Industry Suffering from a Lack of Demand

Research Question: What has been the fallout of lower E&P capex budgets? Companies: BAS, DVN, HP, KEG, LON:WEIR, NBR, NOV, PTEN, XEC Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Highlights New Orders for Pressure Pumping Equipment Slow (LON:WEIR, NOV) Orders for new pressure pumping equipment have dropped significantly since the fourth quarter, according to three manufacturers […]

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Mar 18 2015 Basic Materials, Chemicals

Monsanto Faces Short-Term Challenges, But Growth Anticipated

Research Question: Will Monsanto’s next-generation soybean technology propel growth despite a soft corn market and increasing noise about GMO health issues? Companies: BASFY, BAYRY, DD, DOW, MON, VTX:SYNN/SYT   By: David Franklin Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Monsanto Co.’s (MON) new Intacta RR2 Pro soybeans and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are […]

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Mar 16 2015 Basic Materials, Chemicals

U.S. Methanol Production Set to Grow Regardless of Pricing in Asia

Research Question: Will the cost of methanol production in China lead to a solid entry point for U.S. methanol producers in 2015? Companies: BP, CE, LYB, TSE:MX/MEOH By: Chris Jenks Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings All seven sources representing China’s methanol industry expect the country’s coal-based methanol production to continue in […]

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Feb 20 2015 Basic Materials, Energy

Drilling, Fraccing Industry Coping with Slow Demand

Research Question: What has been the effect of lower E&P capex budgets on the upstream industry? Companies: APA, BHI, CHK, DVN, HAL, HP, NBR, NOV, PTEN, PXD, SLB, TESO, TSE:ESI, WFT, UNT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Highlights New Land Rig Orders Tank, Many Newbuilds Canceled or Postponed (NOV, TESO) Just six months ago […]

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