NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Nabors Industries (NBR) - Get Nabors Industries Ltd. Report are down 6.14% to $11.15 as oil slipped below $49 a barrel on Wednesday after an industry report said U.S. crude stocks rose by the most on record last week, and as a firmer dollar added to pressure on prices, Reuters reports.

Brent crude oil for March delivery was down 1.43% to $48.89 a barrel by 10:03 a.m. in New York. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery fell 2.66% to $45 a barrel.

The American Petroleum Institute said late Tuesday that U.S. crude stocks jumped by a "massive" 12.7 million barrels last week, triple the volume expected, and including a 2 million barrel increase at U.S. crude delivery point Cushing, OK, Reuters reported.

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"Crude oil stocks in the U.S. still appear to be growing incessantly," Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch told Reuters.

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Nabors Industries is a Bermuda-based land drilling contractor and land well-servicing/work-over contractor in the U.S. and Canada.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD (NBR) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins."

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

  • NBR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD reported lower earnings of $0.51 versus $0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.18 versus $0.51).
  • The gross profit margin for NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.83%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.84% is above that of the industry average.
  • NBR's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 33.04%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, NBR is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: NBR Ratings Report

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