NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Schlumberger (SLB) - Get Report are declining, lower by 1.49% to $85.15 in late morning trading on Wednesday, after brent crude oil prices hit a new five and a half year low of $52.51 a barrel earlier this morning, CNBC reports.

WTI crude for February delivery was down 2.55% to $52.74 per barrel as of 10:44 a.m. ET today.

Oil prices are under increased pressure after a survey showed that China's factory industry declined in December for the first time in seven months, Reuters reports.

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This morning the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. commercial crude inventories fell by 1.8 million barrels last week, more than a Reuters poll forecast of a drop of 900,000 barrels.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SCHLUMBERGER LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SCHLUMBERGER LTD (SLB) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 16.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.32, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, SLB has a quick ratio of 1.54, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • SCHLUMBERGER LTD has improved earnings per share by 15.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SCHLUMBERGER LTD increased its bottom line by earning $5.11 versus $3.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.54 versus $5.11).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $3,087.00 million or 21.48% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SCHLUMBERGER LTD has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.74%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Energy Equipment & Services industry average. The net income increased by 13.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,715.00 million to $1,949.00 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SLB Ratings Report

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