NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Weatherford (WFT) - Get Weatherford International plc Report closed higher by 8.37% to $9.06 on Friday, as oil prices climbed on signs of lower U.S. production. 

U.S. oil producers cut their number of rigs by 26 last week, to a five-year low of 614 working rigs, according to oil services company Baker Hughes (BHI).

The oil market currently has roughly 62% fewer working rigs now than it did during the peak of the oil boom in October 2014, when there were 1,609 working rigs, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

A declining number of rigs is fanning hopes that output of the oversupplied commodity will likewise decline, which is boosting oil prices this afternoon after they dipped earlier today on poor U.S. employment data, according to the Journal. 

"The falling rig count reinforces the view that production will fall," Gene McGillian, a senior analyst at Tradition Energy, told Bloomberg. "The market continues to move on the latest headline. If you step back you'll see the market is in a holding pattern while we wait to see if the supply balance improves and the economic picture is clearer."

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WTI crude is up 2.03% to $45.65 per barrel, while Brent crude is increasing 1.07% to $48.20 per barrel this afternoon, according to the CNBC.com index.

Weatherford, based in Baar, Switzerland, provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates WEATHERFORD INTL PLC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate WEATHERFORD INTL PLC (WFT) a SELL. This is driven by a number of negative factors, 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, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

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 237.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$145.00 million to -$489.00 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, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for WEATHERFORD INTL PLC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.66%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -20.46% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $291.00 million or 33.10% 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.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.27, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Energy Equipment & Services industry. Despite the fact that WFT's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.69 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: WFT