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 1.7%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger rose $2.22 (2.7%) to $83.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,951,801 shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,677,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.35-$83.70 after having opened the day at $82.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.33. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 20.8%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 18.3%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 13.8% and Laredo Petroleum Holdings ( LPI), up 12.6%.

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 $107.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.4% 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 2 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, Swift Energy Company ( SFY), down 7.2%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 6.5%, World Fuel Services Corporation ( INT), down 6.3% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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