NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As long as Schlumberger (SLB) is still around, I don't believe Halliburton (HAL - Get Report) will ever get the respect it truly deserves. Given that the stock is trading at its 52-week high and has posted gains of close to 50% year-to-date, I do realize it's a bit odd to complain about the Street's lack of admiration for the company.Expectations for this company have always been too high. And while management has done an excellent job navigating the cut-throat oil services industry, the company has been unable to manufacture growth out of thin air. Weak North American demand (roughly 50% of Halliburton's revenue) has been tough to overcome, leading to a meager 1% year-over-year revenue growth in the July quarter.
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