SLB : Analysis & Opinions

  1. CAPEX Spending In The Energy Sector Keeps On Growing

    January 31, 2014
    As global energy demand continues to trend higher, more pressure is being placed on finding new sources of supply. That fact ...
  2. 20% of S&P Already Reported - Ahead of Wall Street

    October 18, 2013
    Total earnings growth for these companies is in the negative outside of the Finance sector.
  3. Why The Market Is Wrong About Oil -- And How You Can Profit

    August 12, 2013
    The duck-billed platypus defies all scientific reason.This beaver-tailed, otter-footed, semi-aquatic creature is the only ...
  4. Weatherford Burning Through Its Benefits Of The Doubt

    August 1, 2013
    Weatherford posts a significant operating miss, and needs to get better soon
  5. Is Cameron Seeing The Beginning Of The End, Or The End Of The ...

    July 26, 2013
    Cameron's miss puts credibility and execution risk on the table, but a large opportunity is still out there.
  6. Expectations, Not Operations, Weighing On Halliburton

    July 22, 2013
    Halliburton is keeping pace with its siblings, and still looks like a good play on an energy services recovery
  7. Baker Hughes Still Playing Third Fiddle

    July 22, 2013
    Baker Hughes didn't execute particularly well, and expectations for a quick improvement may be optimistic.
  8. Benzinga Market Primer, Friday July 19

    July 19, 2013
    Futures Slide On Weak Earnings U.S. equity futures slid overnight following weak earnings reports from tech giants Microsoft ...
  9. Earnings Expectations for the Week of July 15

    July 14, 2013
    The earnings season ramps up this week, providing plenty of perspective on how the financial and technology sectors fared ...
  10. GoM Rig Count Highest Since 2009 - Analyst Blog

    July 10, 2013
    Number of rigs searching for oil and gas in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico was up by 3 from the previous week to 57, the most since ...
  11. Profiting With Straddles This Earnings Season - Know Your Options

    July 2, 2013
    Profiting With Straddles This Earnings Season - Know Your Options
  12. Halliburton Has Gotten Interesting Again

    April 22, 2013
    If oilfield activity has bottomed, Halliburton would be a good pick here.
  13. Stock Market News for February 12, 2013 - Market News

    February 12, 2013
    In the absence of major earnings reports or economic events, investor sentiment flagged, dragging benchmarks marginally lower. ...
  14. Stock Market News for February 11, 2013 - Market News

    February 11, 2013
    Benchmarks finished in the green in the wake of better-than-expected earnings and encouraging domestic & international economic ...
  15. The Best Way To Invest In Energy Right Now

    February 7, 2013
    The world was shocked when the Brazilian energy corporation Petrobras (NYSE: PBR) announced in 2007 the discovery of a massive ...
  16. Have Investors Gone Overboard With Halliburton?

    January 29, 2013
    Halliburton did better than expected, but North America is still dragging heavily.
  17. Halliburton Beats, Profit Down - Analyst Blog

    January 25, 2013
    Major oilfield services provider Halliburton Company (HAL) reported slightly better-than-anticipated fourth quarter 2012 ...
  18. Baker Just Beats, Falls Y/Y - Analyst Blog

    January 23, 2013
    Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) reported fourth quarter 2012 adjusted earnings from continuing operations of 62 cents a share, which ...
  19. Oil & Gas Stock Outlook - Jan 2013 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    January 17, 2013
    OUTLOOK Crude Oil High U.S. crude and fuel stocks, worries about North America and Europe's growth outlook, a strong ...
  20. Oil & Gas Stock Outlook - Jan 2013 - Industry Outlook

    January 17, 2013
    OUTLOOK Crude Oil High U.S. crude and fuel stocks, worries about North America and Europe's growth outlook, a strong ...
  21. Energy Stocks, Including Schlumberger, Making Big Moves on December ...

    December 21, 2012
    The market has been slipping so far today. The Nasdaq has fallen 2%; the S&P 500 is trading down 1.9%; and the Dow has declined ...
  22. Baker Sees Lower N America Margin - Analyst Blog

    December 19, 2012
    Following in the footsteps of larger peers Schlumberger Limited (SLB) and Halliburton Company (HAL), the world's third-biggest ...
  23. SLB: Slower NAM Drilling to Hit 4Q - Analyst Blog

    December 17, 2012
    The world's largest oilfield services provider Schlumberger Limited (SLB) expects its fourth quarter to be hit by delays ...
  24. Cameron Wins Drillship Package Deal - Analyst Blog

    November 27, 2012
    Oil drilling equipment maker Cameron International Corp. (CAM) recently received a supply contract from South Korea-based ...
  25. Research Calls

    November 27, 2012
    New York, July 26th ( - Following are some of the upgrades and downgrades before the market open. Altria ...
  26. Schlumberger and Other Energy Stocks Making Big Moves on November ...

    November 16, 2012
    The Nasdaq is trading down 1%, the S&P 500 has fallen 0.6% and the Dow has slipped 0.8%, marking a bad morning for the market. ...
  27. Mounting Expenses Mar WFT 3Q Pre-Tax - Analyst Blog

    November 14, 2012
    Leading oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT) reported preliminary third quarter 2012 adjusted pre-tax ...
  28. Will Core Labs Get Much Cheaper?

    November 13, 2012
    Core Labs is as close to cheap as this high-quality service provider usually gets
  29. Baker Hughes Upgraded to Neutral - Analyst Blog

    November 13, 2012
    We have upgraded our recommendation on Texas-based Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) to Neutral from Underperform. Baker Hughes is ...
  30. Schlumberger Unit in $200M Deal - Analyst Blog

    October 24, 2012
    Schlumberger Limited's (SLB) subsidiary Framo Engineering entered into a $200 million contract with Total E&P Angola, wholly-owned ...
  31. Energy Sector Recap Week Ending October 19, 2012

    October 22, 2012
    A summary of important events that investors should know about in the Energy Sector for the week ending Oct. 19, 2012.
  32. Baker Hughes Shows That It Can Always Get Worse

    October 22, 2012
    Disappointing margins aren't helping Baker Hughes improve its reputation.
  33. Weak NA Drilling Hurts Baker's 3Q - Analyst Blog

    October 19, 2012
    Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) reported third quarter 2012 adjusted earnings of 73 cents a share, which came in below the Zacks ...
  34. Energy Sector Recap Week Ending October 12, 2012

    October 15, 2012
    A review of important events that occurred in the energy sector for the week ending Oct. 12, 2012.
  35. Stock Market News for October 4, 2012 - Market News

    October 4, 2012
    Better-than-expected data from the job market and the service sector lifted the benchmarks yesterday. However, shares of ...
  36. Does A Shake-Up At Seadrill Really Change Anything?

    October 3, 2012
    Seadrill's changes sound bigger than they likely are. The nature of Seadrill's management structure should mitigate some ...
  37. Stock Market News for September 25, 2012 - Market News

    September 25, 2012
    The fifth-consecutive month of declines in German business confidence coupled with Caterpillar's dismal earnings forecast ...
  38. Oil & Gas Stock Outlook - Sept. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    September 20, 2012
    OUTLOOK Crude Oil The Federal Reserve's pledge towards a new round of economic stimulus, a tightening global supply ...
  39. Oil & Gas Stock Outlook - Sept. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    September 20, 2012
    OUTLOOK Crude Oil The Federal Reserve's pledge towards a new round of economic stimulus, a tightening global supply ...
  40. Stock Market News for September 20, 2012 - Market News

    September 20, 2012
    A strong pair of housing sector reports helped benchmarks end in the green yesterday. Following the robust four-day rally ...
  41. Stock Market News for September 18, 2012 - Market News

    September 18, 2012
    A drop in oil prices and lower factory activity in New York partially weighed down sentiment, dragging benchmarks into the ...
  42. Piedmont Leases to Catamaran - Analyst Blog

    August 30, 2012
    Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. (PDM), a real estate investment trust (REIT), recently inked a 12-year lease agreement ...
  43. Baker Hughes-Statoil in NCS Deal - Analyst Blog

    August 22, 2012
    Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) announced that it has won Norway-based Statoil ASA's (STO) new drilling ...
  44. Weatherford's 2Q Pre-Tax Results - Analyst Blog

    July 26, 2012
    Leading oilfield services company Weatherford International Ltd. (WFT) reported its preliminary second quarter 2012 adjusted ...
  45. Weatherford Has To Be Better

    July 25, 2012
    Weatherford is cheap, but not without good reason.
  46. Is Halliburton Finding The Bottom?

    July 24, 2012
    Halliburton seems more stable, but the energy market is still vulnerable.
  47. Better Operating Performance Should Let Baker Hughes' Value Emerge

    July 23, 2012
    Baker Hughes is still facing a difficult 2012, but the self-inflicted wounds seem to be healing.
  48. Company News for July 23, 2012 - Corporate Summary

    July 23, 2012
    "    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $0.73, beating the Zacks Consensus ...
  49. Stock Market News for July 23, 2012 - Market News

    July 23, 2012
    European debt concerns returned to haunt the markets and overshadowed strong corporate results to end the benchmarks' three-day ...
  50. Baker Hughes Outperforms in 2Q - Analyst Blog

    July 20, 2012
    Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) reported second quarter 2012 earnings of $1.00 a share, which surpassed the Zacks Consusus Estimate ...
  51. Upcoming Energy Events You Should Know This Week

    July 17, 2012
    This will be an interesting week for investors as the earning season starts with two large oil service companies.
  52. Stock Market News for July 9, 2012 - Market News

    July 9, 2012
    Discouraging U.S. nonfarm payroll data dragged the benchmarks to sharp losses on Friday. This was the third straight time ...
  53. Total Has More To Lose With Falling Oil Prices

    June 29, 2012
    Total's dividend yield is impressive, but the company's vulnerability to sub-$90 oil is worrisome.
  54. More Stimulus Hopes Lift Oil

    June 20, 2012
    Ahead of yet another Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Wednesday, traders again speculated that Federal Reserve Chairman ...
  55. Carbo Ceramics

    May 11, 2012
    Carbo Ceramics reported solid financial results for the first quarter of 2012.
  56. Baker Hughes - Q1 2012 Review

    April 30, 2012
    Baker Hughes reported lower pretax margins in the company's North American operations, as the company was hurt by an industry ...
  57. Is This The Trough For Halliburton?

    April 19, 2012
    We look at the energy industry and see if Halliburton has seen the worst, and whether future difficulties are already priced ...
  58. Halliburton Q1 2012 Earnings Review

    April 19, 2012
    Halliburton reported solid earnings for the first quarter of 2012, but is still having to deal with disruption related to ...
  59. Flotek Looks To Keep Growth Flowing

    April 6, 2012
    Flotek is riding the oil boom with patented technology.
  60. North American Drilling Cycle - An Update

    March 27, 2012
    Two oil service companies have preannounced weaker than expected results for the first quarter of 2012.
  61. 7 Blue Ribbons from the Energy Patch

    March 27, 2012
    Energy is always a hard sector to sort out since there are so many specialized sectors…and when one is hitting, others ...
  62. 4 Energy Stocks to Power Your Portfolio

    March 7, 2012
    First Asset Investment Management’s John Stephenson discusses his outlook for the energy sector and the Keystone pipeline, ...
  63. Weatherford's Tax Issues Shouldn't Obscure A Good Story

    February 27, 2012
    Weatherford has the right skills in the right markets.
  64. Follow the Blue Chip Dividend Hikes

    February 8, 2012
    A number of premier companies in various industries have announced dividend increases recently, which is a good indicator ...
  65. Cameron Waiting For The Subsea Story To Surface

    February 7, 2012
    Cameron's present is a little challenging, but the future is bright.
  66. Baker Hughes Not Helping The Sentiment On North American Energy

    January 25, 2012
    Baker Hughes follows the same rocky road as other energy service giants.
  67. Will Low Prices Gas Halliburton's Margins?

    January 24, 2012
    Halliburton's North American margins are an issue, but is the value too compelling to ignore?
  68. Eric Sprott Is Very Bullish On Gold And Energy

    January 24, 2012
    Commodities guru Eric Sprott expects bullish news in the future for both precious metals and energy.
  69. 2011 In Review: Energy Services Come Up Short

    December 29, 2011
    Energy services gave back gains in 2011.
  70. Tiny Mitcham Industries Proving It's Mind Over Matter

    December 8, 2011
    Mitcham is a tiny player, but growing fast on the back of energy exploration activity.
  71. Four Stocks The Insiders Are Buying

    November 29, 2011
    Insiders were able to pick up some shares ahead of Black Friday activity.
  72. Halliburton Still Likes North America

    October 25, 2011
    Halliburton's reported earnings for the third quarter of 2011 can be looked at to determine the strength of the domestic ...
  73. 7 Stocks To Watch Before Friday

    October 20, 2011
    Here are seven companies that will be releasing their earnings on October 21.
  74. A Superior Offer For Complete Production

    October 14, 2011
    Superior makes a bid for further energy service consolidation.
  75. Energy Sector - Third Quarter 2011 Issues

    October 14, 2011
    Third quarter issues will undoubtably be a topic of many conference calls in the Energy Sector, due to volatility in the ...
  76. Carbo Ceramics Rides The Onshore Oil And Gas Boom

    August 5, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics is generating huge growth in revenues and earnings from the boom in onshore development of oil and gas resources ...
  77. Can Drilling Growth Prop Up Carbo Ceramics?

    August 5, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics needs to boost capacity and see overseas demand improve.
  78. 6 Agricultural Names to Feed the World

    July 30, 2011
    Ramesh Gulati is eyeing companies equipped to meet infrastructure needs in the agricultural sector. In today's interview, ...
  79. Important Info From Halliburton's Earnings And Conference Call

    July 21, 2011
    Investors should examine the earnings and conference call commentary of Halliburton and other oil services firms for signals ...
  80. Halliburton Waits For The World To Catch Up

    July 20, 2011
    Halliburton's North American business is booming and there's still time for investors to capitalize on the rise.
  81. A Look At Key Energy Services

    July 8, 2011
    Key Energy Services owns and operates one of the largest fleets of well servicing rigs in the United States.
  82. Newpark Resources Loves Drilling Fluids

    June 24, 2011
    Newpark Resources is in the drilling fluids business and is going head-to-head with the big three oil service companies in ...
  83. Complete Production Services

    June 23, 2011
    Complete Production Services is tied to the drilling cycle in the U.S. and will see increased demand for its services and ...
  84. A Look At Carbo Ceramics

    June 13, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics is seeing tremendous growth from the increase in drilling activity in North America.
  85. Petrobras And Brazil's Wall Of Worry

    May 18, 2011
    Petrobras deserves a discount for the risk of government interference, but this discount seems too large.
  86. Anadarko's Balance Paying Off

    May 4, 2011
    Anadarko takes few major risks and offers a very balanced production profile.
  87. High Oil Should Make For A Healthy Halliburton

    April 19, 2011
    A strong North American market has tided Halliburton over as international activity picks up.
  88. Anadarko: A Balanced Player In An Imbalanced Time

    February 3, 2011
    Anadarko may not be the sexiest name, but its balanced portfolio should appeal to more conservative investors.
  89. Frac Shortage Starts To Ease In Haynesville

    January 28, 2011
    The shortage of hydraulic fracturing services is no longer as big of an issue in the Haynesville Shale as operators move ...
  90. Iraqi Oil Production Starts To Move Higher

    January 5, 2011
    Iraq has set an ambitious goal of increasing oil production from 2.5 to 12.5 million barrels per day by 2017. The country ...
  91. Carbo Ceramics Sees Rebound In 2010

    January 3, 2011
    Carbo Ceramics saw an increase in sales of ceramic proppant as the recovery in oil and gas drilling took hold in 2010.
  92. Frac Tech Services To Go Public In 2011

    December 20, 2010
    Frac Tech Services, which offers hydraulic fracturing services to exploration and production companies, is going public in ...
  93. EnCana Corporation Third Quarter Recap

    October 26, 2010
    EnCana Corporation deferred some capital spending planned for 2010 and reduced guidance as it faced shortages of capacity ...
  94. Halliburton Wins - And Loses

    October 19, 2010
    Halliburton did just fine, but overheated expectations are bad for the stock.
  95. Regulators Up The Ante On Shale Gas

    September 24, 2010
    Regulatory push-back is increasing against shale gas producers. That could be bullish for natural gas prices.
  96. The Great Oil Spill Of 2010 - Let The Finger Pointing Begin

    September 13, 2010
    The BP report on the Macondo oil well spill was released, and it painted a broad brush on culpability for the accident.
  97. A Nabor-ly Deal For Superior Well Services

    August 10, 2010
    Nabors takes a large step into the services arena, and a prime buyout target goes away.
  98. Oil Services Sector Powered By North America

    July 26, 2010
    Three of the largest oil service companies reported improving results, led by a strong increase in activity in North American ...
  99. Mexico Gets Aggressive On Oil And Gas

    July 23, 2010
    Mexico is working overtime to stop the decline in oil production and is exploring on its own and with foreign companies to ...
  100. Halliburton Sets A High Bar

    July 20, 2010
    Halliburton's results reflect the strong drilling activity going on around America.
  101. The Great Oil Spill Of 2010

    May 4, 2010
    The Great Oil Spill of 2010 is an environmental disaster but also has a financial impact on many publicly traded companies.
  102. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Buy 'Em

    April 15, 2010
    Are a few deals the herald for a wave of M&A activity in energy?
  103. Spice Up Your Portfolio With Quantitative ETFs

    April 13, 2010
    Quantitative ETFs are replicating investment strategies used by hedge funds and professional investment managers.
  104. Pain At The Pump, Profit In The Portfolio

    April 13, 2010
    As developed world economies begin to recover, oil prices are on the rise.
  105. Big News In Energy

    February 24, 2010
    News investors might have missed during energy earnings season.
  106. Opportunities In The Oil Patch Beyond The Majors

    January 22, 2010
    A look at a few of the less-heralded oil names that may be poised to deliver gushing returns to investors in 2010.
  107. Is Halliburton A Must-Own?

    January 14, 2010
    Halliburton was recently praised by Goldman Sachs, but what will that mean in the long-term?
  108. Baker Hughes Has A Full Agenda For 2010

    January 13, 2010
    For Baker Hughes, 2010 will be about integrating its purchase of BJ Services and transitioning to a new organizational structure.
  109. 3 Lesser-Known ETFs

    November 20, 2009
    These three under-covered ETFs may be just what your portfolio needs.
  110. Clues About The Oil Services Cycle

    October 28, 2009
    Oil service management teams have a unique view of the cycle, and share those views during earnings conference calls.
  111. Halliburton For The Long Term

    September 25, 2009
    We look at Halliburton and its future prospects ahead of its upcoming earnings release in October.
  112. Sword Of Damocles Hanging Over Natural Gas Market

    August 25, 2009
    A large number of uncompleted wells may trip the cycle down prematurely if natural gas prices ever do recover.
  113. Oil Service Stocks Saved By International Business

    July 24, 2009
    The larger and more diversified oil service companies have seen its revenues and earnings protected by international business.
  114. More Regulation Has Its Costs

    July 16, 2009
    Environmental opposition to hydraulic fracturing is increasing and may be reaching a critical mass as a more environmentally ...
  115. Are New Regulations A Threat to Drilling?

    June 9, 2009
    A recent proposal to regulate hydraulic fracturing is well intentioned, but might ultimately lead to less drilling, lower ...
  116. Winning Oil Services Stocks

    June 4, 2009
    Oil services stocks are set to profit if crude prices continue to rise. Check out some promising plays and a solid ETF.
  117. 5 Companies That Act As Economic Indicators

    April 30, 2009
    Reviewing several companies' earnings reports and management commentary, which indicate economic trends.
  118. Companies To Watch To Track The Economy

    April 22, 2009
    Certain companies provide insight into economic trends, and investors should watch these for clues to the economy's direction.
  119. Halliburton's A-Bubblin' A Win Over Expectations

    March 16, 2009
    A company that beats earnings estimates may be on track for solid performance going forward.
  120. Drilling Deep Into The Chevron Earnings Report

    February 5, 2009
    Chevron struggles to grow production amid large declines in North American upstream spending.
  121. BJ Services A Solid Bet In Oil Services

    January 29, 2009
    This company is a good way to play a rebound in oil services due to its solid balance sheet and leverage to the drilling ...
  122. Complete Your Portfolio With Oil Plays

    January 23, 2009
    Complete Production Services is a way to play a rebound in the energy sector for those bullish in 2009.
  123. BJ Services Under Pressure

    November 4, 2008
    BJ Services isn't the strongest player in its field, but valuation has fallen to a near-ridiculous level.
  124. Are BP's Dividends Safe?

    November 4, 2008
    Current performance looks flashy, but BP isn't investing enough in finding new resources.
  125. Baker Hughes Prepares For A Downturn

    October 24, 2008
    Despite being at full capacity in many lines of business in Q3, Baker Hughes has prudently prepared for the worst.
  126. BJ Services Oversold?

    October 14, 2008
    BJ Services has sold off more than fundamentals justify.
  127. Bear Market ETFs Show Their Claws

    September 16, 2008
    A terrible day on Wall Street made a trio of bear market ETFs king of the jungle, at least for a day.
  128. August's Optimistic Insiders A Good Sign

    September 14, 2007
    We examine some of recent insider purchases reported to the SEC, and learn what these trades could mean to the market as ...
  129. Service Stations For Oil Companies (HAL, BHI, SLB)

    May 7, 2007
    Outsource heaven... Oilfield service companies work in the background to keep "big oil" pumping.
  130. Protect Your Portfolio From Hurricane Season

    April 11, 2007
    Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and investors need to prepare their portfolio to weather the storm.
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