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Wall Street Analysts’ Recommendations for Schlumberger

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Dec. 6 2016, Updated 9:35 a.m. ET

Wall Street analysts’ recommendations 

In this part, we’ll look at changes in Wall Street analysts’ recommendations for Schlumberger (SLB) in 2016.

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Consensus rating for Schlumberger

In November, 83% of the analysts tracking Schlumberger rated it a “buy” or some equivalent. The other 18% of the analysts tracking Schlumberger recommended either a “hold” or a “sell.” In comparison, ~88% of the analysts tracking Halliburton (HAL) rated it a “buy” or some equivalent.

Analysts changed their ratings

There were at least five broker rating changes for Schlumberger in 2016. Jefferies, a global investment banking service provider, upgraded its rating to “buy” on November 15. Scotia Howard Weil, a firm specializing in energy investment, downgraded Schlumberger’s rating to “sector perform” in May 2016.

In April, global investment bank Barclays (BCS) upgraded Schlumberger’s rating to “overweight.” Schlumberger accounts for 6.3% of the iShares North American Natural Resources ETF (IGE). The Oil & Gas Equipment & Services sector makes up 13.0% of IGE.

Analysts’ target prices 

The highest target price for Schlumberger is $110, while the lowest is $74. The median target price, surveyed among the sell-side analysts, for Schlumberger is $93.41. Currently, Schlumberger is trading at ~$84.6. It implies an ~10% upside at its median price.

Read The Oilfield Equipment and Services Industry: A Primer to learn more about the OFS industry.

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