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Oil Service Company Stocks Offer A Different Angle

Oil service company stocks offer an alternative way to invest in the oil sector.  While the fortunes of companies that provide services to the oil industry generally rise and fall with the price of oil, oil service companies’ revenue and earnings outlooks are not as closely tied to the fluctuations in the price of crude oil as companies that make their money directly by extracting, refining, and selling oil products.  This is because oil service companies provide services to the oil exploration, extracting, refining, and retailing businesses that are needed regardless of short-term price swings in the crude oil markets.  The relative stability of revenues and earnings, and the diversification that oil service companies provide to a stock investing portfolio attracts investors to their stocks.

Some Oil Service Company Stocks Ideas

Oil service company stocks come in many different forms and sizes.  Oil service companies include companies that that provide equipment and general logistical support to the oil industry.  The following are some examples of oil service company stocks.

  • Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL), which offers a variety of products and services associated the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas, is the best known oil service company.  Halliburton’s solid revenues and earnings make it a good cornerstone for any oil service companies portfolio.


  • Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (NYSE: DO) specializes in offshore oil and natural gas drilling in many locations throughout the world.  Diamond Offshore Drilling services all four offshore drilling segments:  shallow, mid-water, deepwater, and ultra-deepwater.


  • Dawson Geophysical Company (NASDAQ:  DWSN) assists oil and natural gas exploration and development companies by providing onshore seismic data acquisition and processing services.  The data provided by Dawson Geophysical is used to assess the best places to explore and drill for oil and natural gas.


  • Cameron International Corporation (NYSE:  CAM) is a maker of flow equipment products, systems, and services used by oil production, refining, and distribution companies.  The company specializes in pressure and flow control devices for oil and natural gas wells, and structural components for drilling rigs.  Cameron also provides equipment used by companies that process and distribute oil and natural gas.


  • Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:  SLB) supplies technologies, project management services, and data to oil and natural gas exploration and production companies throughout the world. Schlumberger’s core businesses include:  oil and natrual gas reservoir characterization, drilling, and production.


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