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Why Core Laboratories' Shares Popped 7.1% Today

By Travis Hoium - Mar 24, 2021 at 4:32PM

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Could oil be the cause?

What happened 

Shares of oil and gas services company Core Laboratories (CLB 2.83%) jumped as much as 7.1% in trading on Wednesday as oil prices soared. But the oil stock fell late in the day and closed up just 1.2%. 

So what

Crude oil prices rose sharply early in trading on Wednesday with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices up as much as 6.2% to $61.34 per barrel. At 4 p.m. EDT, WTI is still up 5.2% for the day. 

Oil being drilled at sunset.

Image source: Getty Images.

While the price of oil doesn't directly impact Core Labs' business, it's a big driver of the amount of exploration companies will do, which ultimately funnels business to Core Labs. So, when prices rise the future prospects for the oil business improve as well. At least, that's what short-term price action in the stock can indicate. 

Now what

The reality on the ground is that oil and gas exploration is going to be harder financially for companies in coming years. Oil and gas stocks are generally down over the last few years and investment is flooding into renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. Even if commodity prices rise short-term, that lack of funding is what's going to make it tough for explorers to grow long-term, which may be why shares pulled back to end the day. 

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