were slightly lower Wednesday, a day after the oilfield-services company issued its latest quarterly report, which showed an increase in revenue and earnings from continuing operations.
The company had revenue of $3.55 billion in the second quarter, up from $3.31 billion last year.
Schlumberger earned $112 million, or 19 cents a share, compared with $196 million, or 34 cents a share, a year ago. Income from continuing operations, excluding a charge, amounted to 38 cents a share, vs. 33 cents in the 2002 second quarter.
Oilfield-services revenue totaled $2.13 billion, up 8% from the fiscal first quarter and an increase of 9% from the second quarter of last year.
Gas drilling in North America should remain strong for the rest of the year, a trend that could continue next year as the rapid decline rates of new wells reduce production capacity, Schlumberger said. In international markets, the continued absence of a large excess production capacity should keep activity at current levels for the rest of 2003.
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trading, Schlumberger was down $1.05, or 2.3%, to $45.35.