Will This Ratings Initiation Help Halliburton (HAL) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Halliburton Co. (HAL) was initiated with an "outperform" rating and $71 price target at Oppenheimer on Wednesday.

The firm said it initiated coverage on the oilfield services company as it believes Halliburton's risk/reward is attractive at its current levels.

Oppenheimer said that Halliburton's stock has retreated around 40% in conjunction with the decline in oil prices, but added that it feels "the risk/reward is skewed very positively as the market is pricing in significant reductions in activity and, we think, taking a myopic view on the combination with Baker."STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

"The proposed merger will create a more valuable entity that can more effectively compete with Schlumberger (SLB) internationally and will remove a major competitor from the marketplace," Oppenheimer said.

Shares of Halliburton are up 0.74% to $40.64 in pre-market trading this morning.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HALLIBURTON CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HALLIBURTON CO (HAL) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • HAL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 70.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $706.00 million to $1,203.00 million.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that HAL's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.65 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HALLIBURTON CO has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HAL Ratings Report

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