National Oilwell Varco Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (NOV)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 13.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 25.66% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 30.65% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, NOV should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC has improved earnings per share by 25.7% 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, NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.69 versus $3.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.96 versus $4.69).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 25.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $481.00 million to $605.00 million.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, constructs, manufactures, and sells systems, components, and products for oil and gas drilling and production, as well as provides oilfield services and supplies, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $34.51 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full National Oilwell Varco Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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