Why Schlumberger Q1 Earnings Left Investors Unimpressed

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The market downturn characterized by historically low crude oil prices previous year sidelined companies like Schlumberger as investments in exploration and production dwindled.

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The world's largest oilfield services company posted revenue of $6.89 billion in the period, missing Wall Street forecasts. Davis R M Inc. now owns 160,258 shares of the oil and gas company's stock worth $12,603,000 after buying an additional 8,445 shares during the period. The stock has blown through analysts' low price target of US$70, but is still below the high US$110 target. The SI to Schlumberger Limited's float is 1.18%.

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B2Gold Corp. (BTG) now has the market capitalization of $2.7 Billion, P/E (price to earnings ttm) of 70 and Weekly volatility of 3.51% and monthly volatility of 3.71% respectively. Schlumberger Limited.'s quarterly revenue was down 8.2% on a year-over-year basis. According to FT, Year on year, growth in dividends per share remained flat while earnings per share excluding extraordinary items fell by -176.50%. The oil and gas company reported $0.25 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.25. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in Schlumberger Limited.by 2.7% in the third quarter.

In the prior 12 months Schlumberger Limited.'s stock price has decreased by -4.85% from 78.3 to 74.5. Following the revenue miss, the stock is trading down in pre-market. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-four have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock.

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) reported first-quarter net income of $97.6 million. Schlumberger Limited. had 83 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. HSBC Holdings plc began coverage on Schlumberger Limited.in a report on Wednesday.

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Today there are 1,391,475,000 shares in issue of Schlumberger Limited. which are now trading at 74.5 which brings the business's market capitalisation to 103.66B Dollars.

On Friday SunTrust Banks upgraded its target price on Schlumberger Limited. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Schlumberger Limited. from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday. Schlumberger Limited. now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $95.83.

In other news, Director Tore I. Sandvold sold 5,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 1st. Buy rating has been given by 14 analysts to the company stock whereas no analyst given UNDERPERFORM rating to stock and 7 analysts given HOLD rating. Insiders own 0.36% of the company's stock. The Company's divisions include Reservoir Characterization Group, Drilling Group, Production Group and Cameron Group.

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The drilling business in the United States, where oil field spending is expected to increase 50 percent this year, has "clearly" taken the lead in the industry's recovery after crude prices stabilized above $50 a barrel, Schlumberger CEO Paal Kibsgaard told investors Friday.

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