Schlumberger NV (SLB): Today's Featured Energy Loser

Schlumberger ( SLB) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger fell 96 cents (-1.3%) to $74.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6.1 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $73.83-$74.68 after having opened the day at $74.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.13. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: Endeavour International ( END), down 23.8%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), down 14.6%, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 12%, and SandRidge Energy ( SD), down 9.6%.

Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. Schlumberger has a market cap of $98.87 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 18.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Schlumberger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 18%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 6.5%, GeoMet ( GMET), up 6%, and Mission NewEnergy ( MNEL), up 5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) being today's featured energy industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).
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