With the inevitable march toward offshore drilling, Seadrill stands to benefit as it has amassed a superb fleet of safe and technologically advanced ultra-deepwater rigs, which command the top day rates in the industry. Seadrill also pays a tasty 8% dividend, making it one of the highest in this space and enough to make it on analyst Joel South's list of top energy firms. 

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