Schlumberger NV (SLB): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Schlumberger ( SLB) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 2.1%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger rose $1.23 (1.7%) to $73.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,424,438 shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,633,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $72.06-$73.71 after having opened the day at $72.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.94. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Noranda Aluminum ( NOR), up 34.9%, FX Energy ( FXEN), up 27.0%, Turquoise Hill Resources ( TRQ), up 16.6% and Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion ( MHR), up 15.3%.
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Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the supply of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. Schlumberger has a market cap of $94.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 21.4%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 20.0%, Keegan Resources ( KGN), down 15.5% and Asanko Gold ( AKG), down 15.5% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Nabors Industries ( NBR) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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