“Due to the annual spring break-up, the Canada rig count dropped 70% sequentially, while the United States rig count decreased 1%. We continued to see activity shift from natural gas to oil basins during the quarter. Oil and liquids-directed activity accounted for over 70% of the rig count at the end of the second quarter, while natural gas-directed rigs finished the quarter at a 12-year low.“North America operating income decreased 19% from the first quarter, impacted by escalating costs associated with guar gum, a blending additive used in our hydraulic fracturing processes. Operating income was also impacted by the annual Canadian spring break-up, pricing pressure in hydraulic fracturing operations, and economic costs associated with equipment relocations, partially offset by improved Gulf of Mexico activity. We expect the guar cost and equipment relocation issues to subside as we enter 2013.
Halliburton Announces Second Quarter Earnings From Continuing Operations Of $0.80 Per Diluted Share
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