Transocean shares fell more than 5% on Wednesday, leading decliners in a sector that is suffering from its success as new production and new discoveries have the firms producing so much oil that making a profit from it is getting harder.
The company said Wednesday in an SEC filing that it expects to record a $1.5 billion, second-quarter charge related its sale of certain assets including 10 existing rigs and contracts to for five new ones.
It also said it's evaluating the long-term opportunities for its drilling fleet and may identify other candidates for sale.
Onshore drillers are also getting hit. In May alone there were 11 new 52-week lows set in the sector, including Schlumberger, Noble Energy, and Apache.
Jim Collins writing for The Street's Real Money subscription service said earlier this month that the opportunities for "earnings plays" next quarter will likely be in smaller, less-covered names. In energy, that means stocks like Gastar Exploration (GST) , Torchlight Energy (TRCH) and Evolution Petroleum (EPM) -- all of which should have more upside than the major integrateds like Chevron (CVX) and Exxon (XOM) .
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