How to buy Schlumberger shares

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Schlumberger Limited (SLB) is a leading oil & gas equipment & services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$32.84 after a previous close of US$33.12. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD32.63 to a high of USD33.355. The latest price was USD33.02 (25 minute delay). Schlumberger is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Schlumberger

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Schlumberger. Find the share 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 risk, 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 US$36.42, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise 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. Optimise 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.

Schlumberger share price

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Schlumberger shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$32.84
HighUS$33.355
LowUS$32.63
CloseUS$33.02
Previous closeUS$33.12
Change US$-0.1
Change % -0.3019%
Volume 7,675,186
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$13.5026 - US$36.87
50-day moving average US$32.3511
200-day moving average US$27.2081
Target priceUS$32.36
PE ratio N/A
Dividend yield US$0.5 (1.46%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$-2.0538

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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 last close of $33.02

1 week (2021-06-15) -3.42%
1 month (2021-05-21) 3.35%
3 months (2021-03-23) 23.81%
6 months (2020-12-23) 50.64%
1 year (2020-06-23) 68.73%
2 years (2019-06-21) -15.07%
3 years (2018-06-22) -50.41%
5 years (2016-06-23) -58.51%

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 PEG ratio

Schlumberger's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.7437. 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 US$3.9 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 US$21.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 7.62%
Gross profit TTM US$2.6 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.24%
Return on equity TTM -19.38%
Profit margin -13.3%
Book value 8.97
Market capitalisation US$47.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Schlumberger shares

There are currently 25.9 million Schlumberger shares held short by investors – that's known as Schlumberger's "short interest". This figure is 16.9% up from 22.1 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 13.7 million). Schlumberger's SIR currently stands at 1.89. In other words for every 100,000 Schlumberger shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1890 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 0.0186% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Schlumberger shares, roughly 19 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 12/31/2018) 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: 2019-01-01.

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

78%

Dividend payout ratio: 78.13% of net profits

Recently Schlumberger has paid out, on average, around 78.13% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.47% 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 1.47% 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 7 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Schlumberger's shares ever split?

Schlumberger's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 9 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 US$13.5026 up to US$36.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SLB.US volatility(beta: 2.41)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 2.4071. 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. It operates in four divisions: Digital & Integration, Reservoir Performance, Well Construction, and Production Systems. The company 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. It 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; 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. In addition, the company 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. Further, it provides 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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