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Breaking News: Transocean (RIG) Anticipating Significant Fees From Spill

Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 5:51 PM ET

After the bell, published reports suggested that Transocean expected to incur significant fees in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

According to our news partner, the Associate Press, Transocean - the owner of the oil platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico - will lose more than $500 million in revenue from the sunken rig and faces a potentially huge hit to its financial results.

In a regulatory filing the company also revealed that the Justice Department has requested that it preserve information about the explosion that occurred April 20.

Transocean, the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, added in the 73-page filing that it's bracing for negative publicity and new regulations from the incident.

The company is unable to estimate the full impact of the disaster, but the explosion and oil spill should have a "material effect" on its future financial results, Transocean says.

That news comes as Transocean posted an expected decline in first quarter net income.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, first-quarter net profit fell to $677 million, or $2.09 per share, from $942 million, or $2.93 per share, a year earlier.

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Revenue dropped 17 percent to $2.60 billion, as the company was forced to set aside rigs during last year's drilling slump.

Analysts had expected profit of $2.10 per share on revenue of $2.65 billion from the world's largest offshore drilling contractor, according to averages on Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

What should you make of it?

This doesn’t make me nervous, says Karen Finerman. They’re just saying they intend to be forthcoming. We’ve seen enough downside in this stock that I find the risk reward compelling.

I think we see more declines, counters Joe Terranova. The litigation risk is just far too great right now.





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Trader disclosure: On May 5, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Terranova Owns (C) May Calls; Terranova Owns (PFE), (SWN), (XCO), (TER); Terranova Is Long Gold June 2010 Futures; Terranova Is Short (CMA); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IYR), (IJR), (MDY), (SPY); Finerman's Firm Is Long S&P Puts; Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Owns (AEO), (AEO) Calls; Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Calls; Finerman Owns (BAC), (BAC) Preferred; Finerman's Firm Owns (BP) Calls; Finerman Owns (GOOG); Finerman Owns (GS) Calls; Finerman's Firm Owns (IBM); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (RIG), (RIG) Calls; Finerman Owns (WFC) Preferred; Najarian Owns (C) Calls; Najarian Owns (CLF) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (LPX) Call Spread; Najarian Owns (MS); Najarian Owns (PFE); Najarian Owns (YHOO) Call Spread; Kelly Owns (FXE) Puts; Kelly Owns (FXB) Puts; Levy Owns (GS)

For Joe Terranova:
Terranova Works For (VRTS)
Terranova Is Chief Market Strategist Of Virtus Investment Partners, Ltd.
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (AMKR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (IGE)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLV)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLP)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLY)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
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For Brian Kelly
Kanundrum Capital Is Long U.S. Dollars
Kanundrum Capital Owns (TLT)
Kanundrum Capital Is Long (GLD)
Kanundrum Captial Owns (GFI)
Kanundrum Capital Is Long (AUY)
Kanundrum Capital Is Long (GFI)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Euro
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Yen
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Pound
Kanundrum Capital Is Short Franc
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (USO)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (RSX)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (FXI)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (DE)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (NUE)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (SU)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (EXPE)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (XOM)
Kanundrum Capital Is Short (HES)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (CLF)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (TSL)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (HBC)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (BCS)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (DB)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (NUE)
Kanundrum Captial Is Short (IBM)

For Anthony Scaramucci:
Scaramucci Owns (AAPL), Skybridge Owns (AAPL)
Scaramucci Owns (BAC), Skybridge Owns (BAC)
Scaramucci Owns (C), Skybridge Owns (C)
Scaramucci Owns (GOOG), Skybridge Owns (GOOG)
Scaramucci Owns (GS), Skybridge Owns (GS)
Scaramucci Owns (JPM), Skybridge Owns (JPM)
Scaramucci Is Long U.S. Dollar, Skybridge Is Long U.S. Dollar

For Hilary Kramer
A&G Capital Owns (PMI)
A&G Capital Owns (MTG)
A&G Capital Owns (XCO)
A&G Capital Owns (GS)
A&G Capital Owns (MS)
A&G Capital Owns (QQQQ)
Hilary Kramer Is A Client Of Goldman Sachs

For Jared Levy
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (GS)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (JPM)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (C)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (BAC)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (WFC)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (AA)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (USO)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (OIH)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (COP)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (PMI)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (BP)
Peak6 Investments Is Long And Has An Options Position In (AAPL)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (MS)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (XLF)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (FCX)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (SPY)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (QQQQ)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (XOM)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (CVX)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (MTG)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (RDN)
Peak6 Investments Is Short And Has An Options Position In (RIG)

For Mike Khouw
Cantor Firtzgerald & Co. Is A Market Maker In (CLF)

For Stephen Weiss
Weiss Owns (HD), (MWA), (BP), (MRK), (HBAN), (NMM), (FRO), (WCBO)


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