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Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).
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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top 5 oil services stocks rank via earnings trends:
Oil States International Inc. (NYSE:OIS): Current Price $77.77
|Revenue ($) in millions||2,948||2,108||2,412||3,479||4,413|
|Diluted EPS ($)||4.26||1.18||3.19||5.86||8.10|
Oil States has shown an impressive run-up in revenue and EPS between 2009 and 2012.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||995.80||1,099||1,091||1,081||1,142|
|Diluted EPS ($)||1.72||2.43||2.01||1.87||1.78|
The latest quarter shows a nice jump in revenue after four flat quarters, but we drop Oil States for that EPS dip in the latest quarter.
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