NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nabors Industries (NBR) - Get Report  stock is advancing 0.67% to $9.81 in late morning trading on Friday, as oil prices are higher after Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen's indication on Wednesday that the central bank will likely increase interest rates in 2015.

Earlier this month, oil prices declined following the Fed's September meeting, during which the central bank decided against raising interest rates because of the weak global economy. The reasoning behind the decision exacerbated concerns that global demand for oil would be insufficient for the oversupplied commodity.

However, Yellen's speech yesterday arguing in favor of a rate hike before the year end has improved investor confidence, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Her speech "set the stage of the advance" in oil prices, Stanton Analytics said in a note, according to the Journal. "Investors took this as a sign that things may not have been as bad as feared."

Also boosting oil prices are data that indicate U.S. crude stockpiles have declined in recent weeks.

Crude oil (WTI) is up by 1.71% to $45.68 per barrel this morning and Brent crude is rising by 0.50% to $48.39 per barrel, according to the CNBC.com index.

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, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 156.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $65.68 million to -$36.82 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $210.23 million or 47.63% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 56.63%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 166.66% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$2.35 versus $0.51 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.25 versus -$2.35).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBR