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

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Schlumberger ( SLB) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger fell $3.67 (-5.1%) to $68.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 26.8 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.60-$70 after having opened the day at $69.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.56. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Geokinetics ( GOK), down 17.2%, Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 10.5%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 8.8%, and Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 6.8%.
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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 $96.63 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 25%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 14.8%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 13%, and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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