WTI crude is down 0.96% to $39.08 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude is decreasing 1.34% to $39.90 per barrel on the Intercontinental Exchange this afternoon.
Barclays and Macquarie analysts warned that market fundamentals are still weak and could push oil prices down to mid-$30 levels or lower, Reuters reports.
Before today's market open, Transocean's stock price target was lowered to $5 from $6 at Barclays, which maintained an "underweight" rating on the stock.
The firm believes the offshore drilling sector will not recover until early 2018, even if oil prices exceed $50 per barrel by the end of 2016.
"Until restructuring takes place, we don't expect any consolidation and few rig retirements, keeping the massive oversupply of floaters (particularly 6th/7th gen) firmly intact," Barclays said in an analysts note this morning.
Separately, Transocean has a "sell" rating and a letter grade of D+ at TheStreet Ratings because of the company's disappointing stock performance and weak revenue results.
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