December 13, 2012
In the video below, Fool analysts Austin Smith and Jim Mueller discuss the big opportunity ahead for National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV ) .
NOV is a quiet stock that doesn't get a lot of attention in investment media, yet there's not an oil rig that exists without some equipment on it from National Oilwell Varco, Mueller says.
That's why some investors say the company's ticker symbol, NOV, might as well stand for "No Other Vendor." It's a pick-and-shovel play, meaning that NOV provides all the equipment necessary for drillers to operate, but does not operate any wells itself.
The company is also "energy agnostic," Smith says. It's there no matter if a company is drilling for oil or natural gas, and no matter if it's on land or in water. That makes it a less risky play than investing in a single oil driller, energy company, or pipeline.
National Oilwell Varco is perhaps the safest investment in the energy sector due to its industry-leading 60% market share. This company is poised to profit in a big way; its customers are both increasing the number of new drilling rigs as well as updating an aging fleet of offshore rigs. To help determine if NOV is a nice fit for your portfolio, check out our premium research report with in-depth analysis on whether NOV is a buy today. For instant access to this valuable investor's resource, simply click here now and claim your copy today.