Deepwater Offshore Drilling Momentum Is Slowing

A look at results from Noble (NYSE: NE  ) and Diamond Offshore (NYSE: DO  ) show mixed results coming from the very important ultra-deepwater market. Utilization fell from the second to third quarter at Diamond Offshore, and dayrates fell at Noble. This resulted in a decline in revenue and profitability for both companies sequentially. As we prepare to hear from ultra-deepwater-focused companies Seadrill (NYSE: SDRL  ) and Transocean (NYSE: RIG  ) , it will be important to keep an eye on how these trends play out. Both companies are betting big on ultra-deepwater, and a drop in demand or dayrates would be a blow to their stocks. 

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  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2012, at 6:28 PM, Dudebro1 wrote:

    Good story. Although, would have been better had you been wearing a deep V or slouch neck.

  • Report this Comment On October 23, 2012, at 6:46 PM, RickRickert4MVP wrote:

    Good story. Although, would have been better had you been wearing a chain with a Patron bottle pendant.

  • Report this Comment On October 24, 2012, at 3:54 PM, spokanimal wrote:

    Here you go, Travis. This will probably help you out with this:

    http://www.ihs.com/products/oil-gas-information/drilling-dat...

    ... I thought you were a gaming analyst?

    Let me know if you need any more help with the drilling industry.

    Spokanimal

  • Report this Comment On October 27, 2012, at 11:49 AM, artmuseum wrote:

    "Slowing" - Bah, humbug!

    When SDRL's John Fredriksen is ACCELARATING

    growth by a spate of innovative financial vehicles + acquisitions of new units into its inventory, am I allowed to wonder what is happening to this foolish blog's not so foolish image?

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