Brent crude oil for April delivery was falling 3.5% to $60.37 a barrel early Monday afternoon. West Texas crude oil for April delivery was gaining 1.1% to $50.32, after falling earlier in the day.
Brent crude oil was falling due to speculation of a nuclear deal that can potentially increase Iran's oil exports, according to Reuters. In a recent statement Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program could be concluded this week if the U.S. and other Western countries "have sufficient political will and agree to remove sanctions from Tehran," according to the news service.
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If the sanctions are lifted Iran could increase its oil exports by up to 1 million barrels a day, analysts told Reuters.
Increasing oil output from Libya and a stronger dollar were also contributing to lower Brent oil prices earlier in the day.
TheStreet Ratings team rates SEADRILL LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate SEADRILL LTD (SDRL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- 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, SEADRILL LTD's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- SDRL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, SDRL has a quick ratio of 0.66, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
- Net operating cash flow has decreased to $287.00 million or 41.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: SDRL Ratings Report