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Schlumberger Limited is an oil & gas equipment & services business based in the US. Schlumberger shares (SLB) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Schlumberger employs 82,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$26.3 billion.

How to buy shares in Schlumberger

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Schlumberger. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SLB. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Schlumberger reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$14.97, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Schlumberger, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Schlumberger. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Schlumberger's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Schlumberger's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$14.97, which is 55.17% down on its pre-crash value of USD$33.39 and 26.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$11.87.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Schlumberger shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$383.49 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$447.45.

Schlumberger share price

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Schlumberger shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-20.
Latest market close USD$14.97
52-week range USD$11.87 - USD$41.14
50-day moving average USD$17.0606
200-day moving average USD$17.9174
Wall St. target price USD$23.46
PE ratio 23.5503
Dividend yield USD$0.5 (3.33%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.49

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Is it a good time to buy Schlumberger stock?

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Schlumberger price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $14.97 from 2020-10-16

1 week (2020-11-22) N/A
1 month (2020-11-03) -5.01%
3 months (2020-09-03) -21.71%
6 months (2020-05-30) N/A
1 year (2019-11-29) N/A
2 years (2018-11-29) N/A
3 years (2017-11-29) N/A
5 years (2015-11-29) N/A

Is Schlumberger under- or over-valued?

Valuing Schlumberger stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Schlumberger's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Schlumberger's P/E ratio

Schlumberger's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Schlumberger shares trade at around 24x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Schlumberger's PEG ratio

Schlumberger's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.4996. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Schlumberger's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Schlumberger's EBITDA

Schlumberger's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$4 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Schlumberger's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Schlumberger financials

Revenue TTM USD$26.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 4.93%
Gross profit TTM USD$4.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 1.59%
Return on equity TTM -57.36%
Profit margin -40.15%
Book value $8.886
Market capitalisation USD$20.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Schlumberger shares

There are currently 21.2 million Schlumberger shares held short by investors – that's known as Schlumberger's "short interest". This figure is 17.4% up from 18.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Schlumberger shares can be evaluated.

Schlumberger's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Schlumberger's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Schlumberger shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Schlumberger shares traded daily (recently around 13.4 million). Schlumberger's SIR currently stands at 1.58. In other words for every 100,000 Schlumberger shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1580 shares are currently held short.

However Schlumberger's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Schlumberger shares, or, against the total number of tradable Schlumberger shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Schlumberger's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Schlumberger shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0153% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Schlumberger shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Schlumberger.

Find out more about how you can short Schlumberger stock.

Schlumberger's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Schlumberger.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Schlumberger's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 22.29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Schlumberger's overall score of 22.29 (as at 10/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 42nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Schlumberger is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Schlumberger's environmental score

Environmental score: 9.22/100

Schlumberger's social score

Social score: 6.74/100

Schlumberger's governance score

Governance score: 6.33/100

Schlumberger's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Schlumberger scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Schlumberger has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Schlumberger Limited was last rated for ESG on: 2020-10-01.

Total ESG score 22.29
Total ESG percentile 42.48
Environmental score 9.22
Social score 6.74
Governance score 6.33
Level of controversy 2

Schlumberger share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 111.61% of net profits

Recently Schlumberger has paid out, on average, around 111.61% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.33% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Schlumberger shareholders could enjoy a 3.33% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Schlumberger's case, that would currently equate to about $0.5 per share.

Schlumberger's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Schlumberger's most recent dividend payout was on 8 October 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Schlumberger's shares ever split?

Schlumberger's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 April 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Schlumberger shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Schlumberger shares which in turn could have impacted Schlumberger's share price.

Schlumberger share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Schlumberger's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.87 up to $41.14. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SLB.US volatility(beta: 2.14)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Schlumberger's is 2.144. This would suggest that Schlumberger's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

Schlumberger overview

Schlumberger Limited supplies technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company's Reservoir Characterization segment offers reservoir interpretation and data processing services; open and cased-hole, and slickline services; exploration and production pressure and flow-rate measurement services; tubing-conveyed perforating services; integrated production systems; software, consulting, information management, and IT infrastructure services; reservoir characterization, field development planning, and production enhancement consulting services; and petro technical data services and training solutions. Its Drilling segment designs, manufactures, and markets roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits; supplies drilling fluid systems, fluid systems and specialty equipment, production technology solutions, and engineered managed pressure and underbalanced drilling solutions; and offers environmental services and products. This segment also provides drilling and measurement, land drilling rigs, and related support services; and supplies well planning and drilling, engineering, supervision, logistics, procurement, and contracting services, as well as drilling rig management services. The company's Production segment offers well services; coiled tubing equipment; hydraulic fracturing, multistage completions, perforating, coiled tubing equipment, and services; well completion services and equipment; artificial lift production equipment and optimization services; and production management services. Its Cameron segment offers integrated subsea production systems; drilling equipment and services; onshore and offshore platform wellhead systems and processing solutions; and valve and process systems. The company was formerly known as Socie´te´ de Prospection E´lectrique. Schlumberger Limited was founded in 1926 and is based in Houston, Texas.

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