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Gevo Inc GEVO Stock News

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO)

Gevo is having an incredibly strong day in the market today. When the opening bell rang, the stock found itself well in the green. While it has corrected a bit from opening highs, the stock is still sitting on incredibly impressive gains. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from GEVO, why, and what the CNA Finance team will be watching with regard to the stock ahead.





What We’re Seeing From GEVO

As mentioned above, Gevo is having a great day in the market so far. When the trading session opened for the day, the stock was already trading well into the green. From there, it did come off of highs a bit, but the gains are still impressive, and now it seems as though the stock may start inching back upward to highs. Currently (10:44), GEVO is trading at $4.35 per share after a gain of $0.63 per share or 16.93% thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Up

One of our readers tipped us off about this news. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see what was happening. In this particular case, it took us no time at all to dig up the story. It seems as though the GEVO gains are being caused by news announced surrounding the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


According to an announcement made by GEVO early this morning, the EPA has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at the company’s Luverne, MN production facility to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is huge news as it marks the first time the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. In a statement, Dr. Patrick Gruber, CEO at Gevo, had the following to offer…

The new EPA pathway combines the lowest cost carbohydrate feedstock sources with green energy, resulting in advanced fuels with a significant GHG reduction. It is worth noting that this pathway leads to the only advanced biofuel that has potential to significantly lower GHG’s while also generating large amounts of protein for animal feed. In fact, practically all of the protein from the feed corn used gby Gevo is captured and sold for animal feed. This feed corn, which is not used for human consumption, and which is supplied to Gevo in Luverne is what the local farmers are calling “low carbon corn” because of the advanced farming techniques they use to minimize chemical inputs, the low till/no till fields that are building up soil carbons and the high yields that they achieve which minimizes land use. We are pleased that there is now a route for advanced fuels that provides protein that contributes to the food system. We expect that the approval of this pathway will open up new business opportunities for Gevo, while driving sustainable environmental improvements…”

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on GEVO. While the stock has been reeling a bit since the reverse split, things are starting to look up yet again. Nonetheless, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the news and bringing it to you as it breaks!

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Power Solutions International Inc PSIX Stock News

Power Solutions International Inc (NASDAQ: PSIX)

Power Solutions International was off to what seemed like a relatively normal day in the market early on today. For the first few minutes the market was open, the stock was in the green and trading relatively flat. However, minutes ago, we started to see a massive spike in the downward direction. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from the stock, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to PSIX ahead.





What We’re Seeing From PSIX

As mentioned above, Power Solutions International isn’t having the best of days in the market today. For the first few minutes of trading, it looked like things were going well. The stock was slightly in the green and starting the day on a good note. However, minutes ago, the stock started spiking downward. At the moment (9:46), PSIX is trading at $7.19 per share after a loss of $1.09 per share (13.16%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Falling

As is normally the case, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to alert us to the run on PSIX. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. In this particular case, it took some digging. While we didn’t find any fundamental news released by the company, we did find an interesting rumor in the social space.


At the moment, if you search for Power Solutions International on your favorite social network, chances are that you will come across the rumor as well. The rumor is that the company is under SEC investigation. Unfortunately, the what, why, and how aren’t available, as is usually the case with rumors. Nonetheless, if this one is true, it could be damning for PSIX.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on PSIX. In particular, we’ll be watching to see if there is any validity to these rumors. After all, an SEC investigation is never good. We’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Bonanza Creek Energy Inc BCEI Stock News

Bonanza Creek Energy Inc (NYSE: BCEI)

Bonanza Creek Energy was off to an incredibly strong day in the market. When the opening bell rang, the stock made a quick run for the top. For the first hour of the trading session, we saw more of the same as the stock aggressively ran to further gains. Now, news is coming down the wire that the stock has been halted. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to BCEI ahead.





What We’re Seeing From BCEI

As mentioned above, Bonanza Creek Energy was off to an incredibly strong start to the trading session. When the opening bell rang, the stock found itself in the green. Shortly after the bell, the stock started on a mad dash toward the top; that dash might have continued if the stock hadn’t been halted. At the moment (10:44), BCEI is trading at $1.20 per share after a gain of $0.22 per share (22.08%) thus far today.

Why We’re Seeing What We’re Seeing

As usual, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the run on BCEI. When they did, we started digging. It wasn’t hard to find the reason the stock was headed up. After all, oil production cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC members have come into play.


Nonetheless, Bonanza Creek Energy was halted, and no news has been offered as to why. We know that news is pending, and we know that the news is likely big; but what the news is, well, that’s simply not available at the moment.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on BCEI. In particular, we’re interested in learning what the news is that caused the halt is. Ultimately, the news could lead to massive movement in either direction. We’ll keep a close eye on what’s going up and provide you with real time updates!

Update – BCEI has reopened on a lower note. Still no news offered. We will update you as it breaks!

Update – BCEI bounces back up. Now trading above the halt!

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Valero Energy Corporation VLO Stock News

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO)

Valero Energy wasn’t off to the best of starts in today’s trading session. In fact, when the opening bell rang, the stock was trading down in a big way. From there, it only fell further in the first half hour of the day. However, minutes ago, we started to see a spike that could lead the stock to the top. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from the stock, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to VLO ahead.





What We’re Seeing From VLO

As mentioned above, Valero Energy didn’t seem like it was going to have a very strong day in the market early on. Unfortunately, on the sound of the opening bell the stock found itself well into the red. Shortly after the bell we saw further declines leading the stock further and further into the abyss. However, minutes ago we started to see a spike. While the stock hasn’t gotten to the green yet, it is surely making up for the declines. Currently (10:04), VLO is trading at $69.25 per share after a loss of $1.17 per share (1.66%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Climbing

As usual, our partners at Trade Ideas were the first to inform us of the run on VLO. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. In this particular case, we were unable to find any fundamental news that would suggest such gains were valid. However, in the social space, we found something interesting.


At the moment, there’s a rumor surfacing on social media that Valero Energy may be taken over soon. In this rumor, it is suggested that India’s Reliance Industries is the buyer and the price per share on the acquisition will be around $80. However, it’s important to keep in mind that, at the moment, this is nothing more than an unconfirmed rumor.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping an incredibly close eye on VLO. In particular, we’re interested in seeing if there is any validity to this rumor. Of course, if there is and an acquisition does happen, incredible value will likely be returned to investors. Nonetheless, we’ll watch the news closely and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Seadrill SDRL Stock News

Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL)

Seadrill is having an overwhelmingly strong day in the market today. As soon as the opening bell rang, the stock quickly found itself in the green. From there, we’ve seen some ups and some downs, but at the end of the day the stock is trading on impressive gains. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing from the stock, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to SDRL ahead.





What We’re Seeing From SDRL

As mentioned above, Seadrill is off to an incredibly strong start to today’s trading session. When the opening bell rang, the stock was already well into the green. Throughout the day, we’ve seen mixed movement, but overall, things have been going well. This stock is likely to close in the green. Currently (11:03), SDRL is trading at $3.59 per share after a gain of $0.18 per share (5.28%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Climbing

The truth is that if you look across the oil and energy sector, you’ll see that SDRL isn’t the only one in the industry that’s seeing massive gains. In fact, this seems to be industry-wide movement. As soon as I saw that, I decided that it was time to start doing some digging to see what was going on. It came as no surprise that the answer had to do with the OPEC deal to cut production.


When the deal was announced on November 30th, the market cheered. However, concerns were brewing that OPEC members may not follow through. Nonetheless, it looks like that’s not going to be a problem. According to reports by Al-Ansa newspaper, Kuwait has cut production by 130,000 barrels per day. Also, Oman has cut 45,000 barrels per day of production.

As OPEC members continue to follow through on their promises to cut production, Seadrill investors are getting excited. After all, if these cuts go as planned, oil will increase in value, making SDRL a more profitable company.

What Investors Should Be Watching Ahead

Moving forward, things are looking good for SDRL. However, as we all know, things can change quickly in the market. In this case, and with regard to any other stock in the industry, it’s going to be important to continue watching supply and demand data. As production cuts continue, we’re likely to see further gains. However, if the cuts don’t continue, oil could spiral downward.

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Amyris AMRS Stock News

Amyris Inc (NASDAQ: AMRS)

AMRS CEO, John Melo, acted on his promise to restructure the company’s near-term debt maturities and to strengthen the AMRS balance sheet. On Thursday, he delivered the results. A news alert from Trade Ideas provided the lead.





AMRS Gets Extensions

AMRS announced that approximately $44 million in total debt due in Q1 2017 will be extended into 2018 and 2019, enabling flexibility for revenue expansion during the coming year.

Within the new terms, AMRS stated that they have signed a definitive agreement with Fidelity Management and Research Company to exchange $15.3 million dollars of 3% notes scheduled to be paid in March of 2017 into AMRS existing 9.5% notes that are due in 2019, buying over two years of additional repayment terms.

Additionally, AMRS has extended debt totaling $28.6 million dollars held by Stegodon Corporation, which was due in February of 2017, to October of 2018, adding over eighteen months of repayment time.

AMRS Revenue Expansion

The debt restructure puts AMRS in a relatively strong position for 2017, as the company has said that they are in the process of delivering upon another record quarter for business. Creating revenue expansion with less debt overhang reduces a great portion of the near-term risk and concern for shareholders.

AMRS concentrates on renewable products that enable leading brands throughout the world to achieve sustainable growth. AMRS’s innovative bioscience solutions convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules and produce specialty ingredients and consumer products.

AMRS’s “No Compromise” products are being delivered across a number of consumer markets, including specialty and performance chemicals, flavors and fragrances, cosmetics ingredients, and pharmaceuticals.

AMRS Stock

AMRS has seen a 52-week trading range between 31¢ and $1.74 a share and is currently trading at 73¢. Volume has averaged over four million shares per day during the previous 90 days.

Disclosure: This article was written by Kenny Soulstring, and it reflects my own opinions and unique articulation. This article is not intended to offer investing advice, guarantee 100% accurate predictions or to be interpreted as providing a personal recommendation. What I can guarantee, though, is accurate research, thoughtful analysis and an enthusiasm about any stock that I cover.

While I seek to uncover emerging companies that I feel have true value and potential, it’s important that investors assign an appropriate time horizon to each of their investments, understanding that emerging companies need time to mature.

I wrote this article myself and it includes my own research and expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from CNA Finance). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional Disclosure: I have no position in any stock mentioned and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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Gevo Inc GEVO Stock News

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO)

Gevo has been an incredibly interesting stock to follow as of late. While the company has an incredible product and has reached several key milestones throughout the year, their financial troubles and lack of communication with investors have proven concerning. Nonetheless, the stock is up big in pre-market trading today. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing, why, and what we’ll be watching for ahead.





What We’re Seeing From GEVO

As mentioned above, Gevo is off to what seems to be a strong day in the market today. While the opening bell hasn’t yet rung, the stock is enjoying double digit gains. Currently (8:50) GEVO is trading at $0.22 per share after a gain of $0.02 per share (10.24%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Gaining

As usual, as soon as one of our alert services pinged us that GEVO was making a run for the top, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. While it took some digging to find, we believe that we’ve found the cause for the gains on the stock. At the moment, investors are excited about a recent filing by the company.

In the pre-market hours, investors learned about private exchange agreements that Gevo entered into on December 20th. The agreements were entered into with certain holders of its 7.5% convertible senior notes due 2022. Under the agreement, $1.425 million in 2022 notes will be exchanged for an aggregate of 5,036,641 shares of the company’s common stock. This represents a share price of approximately $0.29, a premium of 41% compared to the closing price as of December 20th. This eases investor minds with regard to debt and is leading to gains.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on GEVO. In particular, we’ll be watching the company’s financial position closely. We’re also interested in seeing further developments with Musket and other companies that GEVO is working with. We’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Ocean Rig UDW ORIG Stock News

Ocean Rig UDW (NASDAQ: ORIG)

Ocean Rig is looking like it’s going to have yet another strong day in the market. This follows up on the strong gains that we saw on the stock yesterday. While the market isn’t open quite yet, the stock is already headed upward. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing in the market, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to ORIG ahead.





What We’re Seeing From ORIG

As mentioned above, Ocean Rig has had a strong time in the market as of late. In fact, yesterday alone, the stock gained 7.45% to close the day off at $1.73 per share. Today, it seems as though the stock is likely to move even higher. After all, the pre-market activity is promising. At the moment (4:41), ORIG is trading at $1.80 per share after a gain of $0.07 per share (4.05%) thus far in the pre-market.

Why The Stock Is Gaining

As always, as soon as we saw the signal through one of our trading tools, the CNA Finance team went to work to see exactly what was causing the movement. In this particular case, it didn’t take long to uncover the story. At the end of the day, ORIG isn’t the only stock in the oil and energy sector that’s seeing gains. The truth is we’re seeing green across the sector.

The reason for this is relatively simple. For the past month or so, we’ve been hearing about oil production cuts – one from OPEC and one from non-OPEC member nations. These production cuts will start on the first of the year (this coming Sunday). As a result, investors are excited, sending oil and energy stocks like Ocean Rig through the roof.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on ORIG and others in the oil and energy sector. In particular, we’ll be watching for supply and demand data following the production cuts. While the cuts are exciting, many argue that they aren’t large enough to solve the problems the industry is facing. Nonetheless, we’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Seadrill SDRL Stock News

Seadrill Ltd (NYSE: SDRL)

Seadrill is off to an incredibly strong start in the market today. As soon as the opening bell rang, the stock found itself cleanly in the green. While we haven’t seen much movement since then, the stock has stayed well into the gains throughout the session thus far. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to SDRL ahead.





What We’re Seeing From SDRL

As mentioned above, Seadrill is having a relatively strong day in the market today. When the opening bell rang, the stock was already well into the green. From there, we haven’t seen much by way of excitement.  At the moment (10:27), SDRL is trading at $3.57 per share after a gain of $0.18 per share (5.31%) thus far today.

Why The Stock Is Edging Up

As always, as soon as our partners at Trade Ideas informed us of the gains on SDRL, the CNA Finance team started digging to see exactly what was causing the movement. In this particular case, it didn’t take long to uncover the story. At the end of the day, this isn’t a run that’s unique to this stock. Just about every stock associated with the oil and energy sector is seeing gains today.

The reason is relatively simple. At the end of the day, investors are excited about the coming oil production cuts. In fact, the deals from OPEC and non-OPEC members will go into place on Sunday, and will greatly reduce global oil production. As a result, Seadrill and other oil and energy companies are getting a nice boost.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a close eye on SDRL and others in the oil and energy industry. With the production cuts coming, we’re likely to see several opportunities surrounding these stocks. We’ll keep a close eye on the news and bring it to you as it breaks!

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Basic Energy Services BAS Stock News

Basic Energy Services, Inc (NYSE: BAS)

Basic Energy Services didn’t look like it was going to have the best of days in the market today. In fact, the stock was far into the red at the opening bell. Nonetheless, after a few minutes in the red, the stock shot upward like a rocket before being halted. Below, we’ll talk about what we’re seeing, why, and what we’ll be watching for with regard to BAS ahead.





What We’re Seeing From BAS

As mentioned above, Basic Energy Services wasn’t off to the best of starts in today’s trading session. In fact, pre-market trading brought the stock into the red. Following the opening bell, we saw further declines. However, things started to change minutes ago as the stock started to spike. At the moment (9:54), BAS is trading at $44.75 per share after a gain of $5.75 per share (14.74%) thus far today. We’re also hearing that the stock has been halted.

Why We’re Seeing What We’re Seeing

As usual, our partners at Trade Ideas first alerted us to the run on BAS. As soon as they did, the CNA Finance team went to work to see what was causing the movement. In this particular case, we were unable to dig up much of anything. We didn’t see any fundamental news, nor did we see rumors in social.

Nonetheless, there is one thing that we do know; Basic Energy Services was halted. Any time a stock is halted, we generally see big news following the move. All of that said, we are just as excited as investors to figure out just what that news will be.

What We’ll Be Watching For Ahead

Moving forward, the CNA Finance team will be keeping a very close eye on BAS. In particular, we’ll be watching to see what the cause of the halt is and how the stock performs once it reopens. We’ll be keeping a very close eye on the stock and bringing you the news as it breaks!

Update: BAS has re-opened quite a bit lower. The stock is currently (10:11) trading at $40.01 per share after a gain of $1.01 per share, or 2.59%.

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Aytu Bioscience Inc (OTCMKTS: AYTU) Recently, the CNA Finance team had an opportunity to speak with Josh Disbrow, CEO of Aytu Bioscience. Josh Disbrow has...