• A Safer Way To Invest In Oil

    By Joshua Bondy - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, SLB, SDRL

    Mexico has a problem. Its oil exports are falling, and the government needs to boost production. In an earlier time it was perfectly normal for a nation to auction off ownership of its oil assets to foreign companies in order to expand production, but now governments like Mexico, Brazil, and others prefer to maintain ownership and contract out the drilling work. By investing in quality oil and gas service companies more »

  • These Two Oil Firms Are Pumped About Shale Extraction

    By Phillip Woolgar - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, SLB, WFT

    The oil well service and equipment sector is becoming a niche market due to advancements in the shale gas extraction processes. That means that companies with a wide portfolio of advanced products that can help oil firms get at shale deposits more easily will profit more than those with limited product portfolios. This gives large-caps, which have a ton of capital with which to develop new equipment, a strategic advantage more »

  • This Oilfield-Services Titan Stands Out From the Crowd

    By Sarfaraz Khan - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    Oilfield-services titan Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) recently released its quarterly results, in which it beat both revenue and income estimates while significantly increasing its buyback program. Analysts at Global Hunter have identified that the company could deliver solid earnings of more than $6 per share by 2014, up from the current $4.59 per share. Its competitive advantage lies in its global footprint and technological prowess.The industry outlook is also more »

  • The Mitchell Effect

    By Mark Morelli - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: CSX, EEP, HAL, NUE

    One of the world's greatest innovators died recently. No, he wasn't from the high tech industry. He didn't invent the latest iDevice. George Mitchell, the founder of the former Mitchell Energy and Development Corp., was widely credited with the pioneering work that combined horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Eagle Ford shale rock formation in Texas. He was 94.

    His methods led to the unlocking of more »

  • Who Will Benefit From Brazil's Pre-Salt Region?

    By Jeff Williams - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: DO, HAL, PBR

    Over the next 10 to 15 years, as Brazil looks to transform itself from energy importer to energy exporter this will create substantial opportunities for investment. Even though there will be many companies what will benefit from Brazil's transformation, government supported Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobas (NYSE: PBR), Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE: DO), and Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) are three companies poised to reap the rewards of this vast opportunity.

    The more »

  • Which Energy Services Giant Can Make You Rich?

    By Marina Avilkina - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    Investors engaged in the eternal search for the “next big thing” who were lucky enough to stumble upon the oil and gas industry have been handsomely rewarded to date. In this article, I aim to deliver a clearer picture on where the energy services  giants  -  Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) and Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI) - stand. My argument makes a largely statistical case for suggesting which stock is the more »

  • 3 Picks from the Oil Field Service Industry

    By Hussain Asghar - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, NOV, SLB

    The oil and gas equipment and service industry comprises suppliers of equipment for oil and natural gas extraction. These days it’s not easy to obtain oil; according to Barclays global E&P spending update, oil and gas companies will be spending $678 billion in 2013. Recently companies have started boosting oil and gas production through the use of technologically efficient drilling methods, which would lead to an increase in more »

  • Oil and Gas Stocks Are Cheap: Really?!

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, MPC, NOV

    A bass voice solemnly intones, "In a world where defensive stocks are at all time highs, P/Es are stretched to the breaking point, and the best performers are overbought one investment banker has the courage to list 40 cheap stocks."

    Goldman Sachs came out on August 7 with its list of the top 40 cheapest stocks and the ones with the most upside were overwhelmingly oil and gas stocks more »

  • Time To Buy Schlumberger?

    By joshua kubiak - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    Since being founded by two brothers in 1919, Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) has grown to become one of the largest, if not the largest, oil and gas equipment and service company in the world with a market cap of $107.24 billion and assets totaling $63.2 billion when last reported.  Shares are up 13% since the beginning of July and now trade around their 52-week high of $85.02 per more »

  • Should You Consider Investing in This Courtroom-Bound Oilfield Trio?

    By Awais Malik - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    The hydraulic fracturing industry in the U.S. is booming. Roughly 90% of all U.S. onshore wells now require some degree of hydraulic fracturing, in which water and minerals are injected into a well under pressure to boost its rate of oil or gas production. When three companies control 60% of an industry, as is the case in the hydraulic fracturing service provision, collusion and price manipulation becomes pretty more »

  • Temporary Issues For This Energy Stock

    By Timothy Green - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, NOV, SLB

    For two quarters in a row National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) has reported a decline in earnings coupled with an increase in revenue. In the second quarter the company posted 18% year-over-year revenue growth and a record backlog of orders, but adjusted EPS declined to $1.33 from $1.46 one year ago. Is this a short-term problem, or should long-term investors be worried?

    A flurry of acquisitions

    National Oilwell more »

  • Bet on Companies With High Year-to-Date Returns

    By Madhukar Dubey - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, HAL, LOW

    In the first half of 2013, the U.S. equity markets have shown one of the best returns since 1998. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, or DJIA, has shown a year-to-date (YTD) return of around 18.6%, while the S&P 500 posted around 18.9% in YTD returns. One of the reasons for this impressive performance is the positive economic scenario. The U.S. economy has been growing at more »

  • Drilling Remains Strong in the USA

    By Hussain Asghar - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, NOV

    The oil and gas equipment and service industry has historically experienced significant volatility due to lower oil and gas prices.

    Demand for oil and gas services and products depends primarily upon the level of activity in the oil and gas industry worldwide. High levels of drilling and well remediation activity generally drive demand for the products and services used to drill and remediate oil and gas wells. 

    High levels of more »

  • Is Halliburton a Buy?

    By Ashit Gulati - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    In the midst of global concerns for future energy, the abundance of shale oil and gas reserves has been a revelation. The U.S. has been at the fore of this energy transformation.

    According to a latest report by U.S. Energy Information Administration, technically recoverable shale oil and shale gas resources across the U.S. account for an increase in crude oil and natural gas reserves of 35% and more »

  • This Oil Stock Is Set to Move Higher

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    As oil continues to be the major energy source and would probably keep this position in the foreseeable future, the demand for new oil projects is stable. The demand for technology needed to realize those projects is healthy, too. The recent report of Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) shows that the industry is in good shape. The company beat estimates on earnings and on revenue. However, Schlumberger is up 22%, in line more »

  • Is This Oilfield Services Company a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, SLB, WFT

    Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), the largest publicly traded U.S. oilfield services company by market capitalization (at $110 billion), recently reported its results for the second quarter of 2013. The company saw an 8% increase in revenue versus a year earlier, which was in line with the growth of its business from Q1. It recorded a significant gain on the formation of a joint venture specializing in subsea oil and gas more »

  • Amazon's Story of Cash Value and Naivete

    By Dana Blankenhorn - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, HAL, IBM

    Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) shares took a brief dip, then resumed their upward trajectory, after a quarter that disappointed analysts.

    The results had bears scratching their heads.

    But looking more deeply into Amazon's situation, it's clear the company has been naive in ways that could impact results in the longer term, and cause the stock to fall hard one day.

    The Cash Flow King

    The Amazon story is more »

  • Which Energy Service Giant Is Best For Your Portfolio?

    By Raymond Merola - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, SLB

    Historically, the energy service industry has been dominated by two companies: Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) and Halliburton (NYSE: HAL). The former has been handed the “best of breed” mantra for many good reasons, but I suspect that the latter has closed the gap and very well is challenging Schlumberger for the crown.

    In this article, I'll offer some evidence to support my view. 

    The acid test: stock performance

    Let's more »

  • This Oil & Gas Service Company Might Deliver a High Yield to Investors

    By Anh HOANG - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, SLB, WFT

    Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) has appreciated significantly since the end of June, from around $71.60 per share to nearly $83.80 per share. With that gain, Schlumberger has now appreciated nearly 21% this year, a bit higher than the S&P 500’s return of 18.90%. The recent gain was due to its impressive second-quarter earnings and its big share buyback plan. Let’s take a closer look to more »

  • Are These Stocks a Buy Post Earnings?

    By Brian Nichols - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, HAL, MCD, PETS

    Monday morning was quiet on the earnings front, but there were still several big-name companies to report quarterly results. In this piece, I am looking at those stocks, determining if any are good post-earning buys, and asking if any should be added to my Motley Fool CAPS.

    Nothing spectacular

    The publishing giant Gannett (NYSE: GCI) traded lower by more than 3% on Monday after missing second quarter (Q2) earnings expectations more »

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