Why Newpark Resources Inc Stock Jumped Today

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What: Shares of energy industry supplier Newpark Resources Inc (NYSE: NR  ) jumped 15% today after reporting second-quarter results.

So what: Revenue rose 12% in the quarter to $272.5 million, and income from continuing operations nearly doubled to $20.3 million, or $0.21 per share. Analysts had only projected $0.14 per share in earnings, so the company is clearly performing better than investors anticipated.  

Now what: The fluids business was the highlight, growing revenue 20% sequentially in gains around the world. Mats and Integrated Services were less impressive, with revenue down slightly sequentially, but as a whole, the company is performing well. With demand for drilling materials and services trending higher, I think Newpark has a lot of growth potential for investors.

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