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

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Schlumberger ( SLB) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger rose $1.12 (1.6%) to $73.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,238,997 shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,079,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.80-$73.30 after having opened the day at $72.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.18. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 13.2%, LRR Energy ( LRE), up 10.6%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 6.5% and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 6.2%.
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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 $96.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Schlumberger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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 poor profit margins, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 7.4%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 7.1%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 5.7% and Camac Energy ( CAK), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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