9. Gulfmark Offshore ( GLF)

Company profile: Gulfmark, with a market value of $950 million, provides offshore marine services to oil and gas companies with a boat fleet used to transport materials, supplies, equipment, and personnel to drilling rigs.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 13.5% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 5.5%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and two "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

8. Tesco ( TESO)

Company profile: Tesco, with a market value of $466 million, is a manufacturer of oil-field equipment for the energy industry.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 4.6% % this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 5.9%. Analysts give its shares three "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," and two "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus is for earnings of $1.36 per share this year, growing by 9% to $1.48 per share in 2013. S&P has it rated "strong buy," with a $21 price target, which is a 75% premium to its current price.

S&P says: "We see (the company) with little debt, having outstanding flexibility to pursue long-term plans, such as leveraging its proprietary tubular (pipe) business in the international offshore market or for expansion in the deep water Gulf of Mexico."

7. Hornbeck Offshore Services ( HOS)

Company profile: Hornbeck, with a market value of $1.4 billion, provides technologically advanced offshore supply vessels serving the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. It also has a large fleet of tug and tank barges, which transport petroleum in the Northeast.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 28% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 22%. Analysts give its shares seven "buy" ratings, four "buy/holds," and three "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has a "buy" rating on its shares, but with only a slight premium to its $40 price target.

6. FMC Technologies ( FTI)

Company profile: FMC Technologies, with a market value of $11 billion, is a global provider of high-technology products for the energy industry, including subsea and surface production and processing systems.

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 10% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 29%. Analysts give its shares seven "buy" ratings, five "buy/holds," 13 "holds," and one "sell, according to a survey of analysts by S&P.

S&P has a "buy" rating with a $65 price target on it, a 19% premium to the current price.

5. Baker Hughes ( BHI)

Company profile: Baker Hughes, with a market value of $21 billion, is one of the world's largest oil-field products and services companies.

Dividend Yield: 1.28%

Investor takeaway: Its shares are down 2.5% this year, but have a three-year, average annual return of 4.9%. Analysts give its shares eight "buy" ratings, seven "buy/holds," 14 "holds," and one "sell," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Analysts' consensus estimate is for earnings of $3.75 per share this year, growing by 15%, to $4.31 per share, next year. S&P has it rated "buy" with a $56 price target, a 19% premium to the current price.

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