NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) - Get Report are falling by 1.70% to $12.72 in early afternoon trading on Thursday, as the slump in oil prices sends some stocks within the energy sector into the red today.
Crude oil (WTI) is retreating by 1.93% to $43.80 per barrel and Brent crude is declining by 1.79% to $54.91 per barrel this afternoon, according to the index provided by CNBC.com.
Nabors Industries provides services for land-based and offshore oil and natural gas wells.
Oil prices are dropping today following data from the Energy Information Administration showing U.S. oil inventories grew more than expected last week by 9.6 million barrels to 458.5 million barrels.
Additionally, oil is also being pressured by comments from Kuwait Oil Minister Ali-Al-Omair who said OPEC still has no plans to put together a meeting in order to discuss ways to shore up oil prices and has no choice but to keep its current production rate in order to maintain market share, Bloomberg reports.
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Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD (NBR) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share."
You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBR Ratings Report