Schlumberger, Limited

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 3 Picks From the Oil Industry

    By Wes Patoka - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: XOM, PSX, SLB

    The oil industry has plenty of players, from explorers to refiners to completely integrated companies. Below, we will take a look at one company from each of these categories and see where investors should put their money.


    (NYSE: SLB) reported its second-quarter earnings just recently, and the results were great. In 2Q’13, the company posted revenue of $11.2 billion, up from $10.6 billion last quarter 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 »

  • Which of These Stocks Are Worth Buying Post Earnings?

    By Brian Nichols - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GE, GOOG, MSFT, SLB

    Friday produced volatility in some of the biggest names in the market. This movement came after earnings, and in this piece, I am looking to see if any of these stocks are a buy?

    Mobile’s not good for everyone!

    Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) fell 5% after earnings, but has since recovered, trading with a loss of just 2%. The company slightly missed on the top line, but with an EPS more »

  • Which Oil Services Company Is Right for You?

    By Matthew Frankel - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    Now that earnings season is underway, you may notice that oftentimes similar companies will report around the same time. For example, you may notice that many of the steel producers will report within a few days of one another. Today, I’d like to focus on a trio of oil services companies, Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Halliburton (NYSE: HAL), and Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI). Schlumberger and Baker Hughes both report this more »

  • 3 Stocks for Big Gains in Big Energy

    By Ken McGaha - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    Making large gains in the stock market is all about buying businesses with proven management teams in enduring industries. When those businesses can be purchased at valuations equal to or less than projected growth rates, it's time to back up the truck. Today, energy is the enduring industry, and the stocks of service providers are offering the  most tempting discounts to their growth rates.

    Higher prices equal higher profits more »

  • Is Halliburton a Good Stock to Buy?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - July 14, 2013 | Tickers: HAL, NOV, SLB

    Despite a boom in oil and gas activity in the onshore U.S., Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) did not report particularly strong results in the first quarter of 2013. Despite the fact that overall revenue increased somewhat versus a year earlier, costs rose considerably and as a result, after adding back the company’s loss contingencies, we get that pre-tax income decreased by over 30%.

    Cash flow from operations did even more »

  • How a Drop in This Commodity's Price Will Improve Halliburton's Margins

    By Sarfaraz Khan - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, SLB

    The price of guar gum, one of the primary ingredients used by the oil and gas service industry giants, such as Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) and Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for shale gas, has fallen considerably this year. This is going to improve the margins of these companies and could even cause an increase in earnings, particularly for Halliburton, which dominates the North American market. 

    Guar drops more »

  • National Oilwell Varco: Strong Sell or Top 10 Stock?

    By Brian Shaw - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: BHI, HAL, NOV, SLB

    Five months ago, I laid out the argument for why National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) is a “Top 10 Stock" for 2013 and beyond. Thus far, this thesis is off to a slow start as shown by National Oilwell Varco’s underperformance to both its peers in the oilfield services industry and the S&P 500:

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    NOV Total Return Price data by YCharts

    Just last week, Zacks Equity Research downgraded more »

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