In its monthly release, oilfield services provider,
Baker Hughes Inc.
) worldwide Rotary Rig Count for Mar 2013 fell to 3,488, down 191
from 3,679 in Feb 2013 and 175 from 3,663 in Mar 2012. The lower
count is due to the spring breakup in the North American segment
where thawing roads and soft fields made it difficult for rig
operators to move their equipment.
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The Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Counts give the number of drilling
rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in
the U.S., Canada and international markets. The Baker Hughes'
rotary rig counts, issued since 1944, acts as an important
yardstick for drilling contractors like
Patterson-UTI Energy Inc.
Atwood Oceanics, Inc.
) in gauging the overall business environment of the oil and gas
industry. Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig
count in 1975.
Analysis of Monthly Data
International: Internationally rigs engaged in exploration and
production totaled 1,268 in Mar 2013. This was down 7 from 1,275
counted in Feb 2013, and up 76 from 1,192 counted in Mar 2012.
Rigs engaged in land operations remained flat with the Feb 2013
count at 952 and increased by 63 from the Mar 2012 count. The
international offshore rig count for Mar 2013 was 316, down 7
from 323 counted in Feb 2013 and up 13 from 303 counted in Mar
North America: North American rigs engaged in exploration and
production totaled 2,220 in Mar 2013. This was down 184 from
2,404 counted in Feb 2013, and down 251 from 2,471 counted in Mar
2012. Rigs engaged in land operations fell by 182 to 2,167 versus
2,349 in Feb 2013 and decreased by 261 versus 2,428 in Mar 2012.
The North American offshore rig count for Mar 2013 was 53, down
by 2 from 55 counted in Feb 2013 and up 10 from 43 counted in Mar
The average U.S. rig count for Mar 2013 was 1,756, down 223 from
1,979 counted a year earlier. The monthly average Canadian rig
count was 464, down 28 from 492 counted in Mar 2012.
As of now, Tesco and Patterson-UTI Energy holds Zacks Rank #1
(Strong Buy) and Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), respectively implying that
these are expected to perform above the broader U.S. equity
market over the next one to three months. On the other hand both
Baker Hughes and Atwood Oceanics currently holds Zacks Rank #3
(Hold) stocks, implying that these are expected to perform in
line with the broader U.S. equity market over the next one to