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Acquisitions, International Activities Boost Offshore Drillers- Research Report on Halliburton Company, Schlumberger Limited,



   Acquisitions, International Activities Boost Offshore Drillers- Research
 Report on Halliburton Company, Schlumberger Limited, National-Oilwell Varco,
             Inc., Noble Corporation, and Hercules Offshore, Inc.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, February 27, 2013

NEW YORK, February 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting
Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL), Schlumberger Limited (NYSE: SLB),
National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV), Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE), and
Hercules Offshore, Inc. (NASDAQ: HERO). Today's readers may access these
reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and
analyst ratings - via the links below.

Halliburton Company Research Report

Major oilfield services provider Halliburton increased its Q1 2013 dividend by
39 percent to 12.5 cents per share, payable on March 27. The company also
revealed its plan to distribute approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of its
annual net income by way of dividend, for approval by the board of directors.
The dividend increase reflects strong performance, as well as the company's
confidence in its business outlook and the strength of its global franchise.
As of December 31, 2012, Halliburton's quarterly income from continuing
operations was $589 million, or 63 cents per share, with total revenue of $7.3
billion. In 2013, the company anticipates a rig count improvement in North
America, and is focused on rebuilding margins. The Full Research Report on
Halliburton Company - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and
price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/466f_HAL]

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Schlumberger Limited Research Report

Schlumberger's board of directors approved a 13.6 percent quarterly dividend
increase to 31.25 cents per share of outstanding common stock, payable on
April 12. The company's full year 2012 revenue came in at $42.15 billion,
increasing 14 percent as compared to 2011's $36.96 billion. The revenue
increase is attributable to its International Areas segment, which grew by $4
billion, or 16 percent, its strongest growth by far since 2008. The latest
earnings results reflect continued growth in key markets in addition to
typical year-end product, software, and multi-client sales. In 2013,
Schlumberger expects global oil demand to grow at similar levels to 2012 and
further growth in North America, with a strong activity outlook for the Gulf
of Mexico. The Full Research Report on Schlumberger Limited - including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to
download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/07a1_SLB]

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National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. Research Report

NOV's acquisition of Robbins & Myers, Inc. was finally completed on February
20. The merger will provide the company an incredible opportunity to expand
its offerings of products and services. Under the merger agreement, the
shareholders of Robbins & Myers will receive $60 in cash for each common
share. NOV's latest quarterly cash dividend is at 13 cents per share of common
stock, payable on March 29. The Full Research Report on National-Oilwell
Varco, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price
targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/72e4_NOV]

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Noble Corporation Research Report

The board of directors of Noble recommends a dividend increase of $1 per share
for the 2013-2014 cycle, funded from the company's capital contribution
reserve. Subject to shareholder approval, the dividend is payable in for equal
installments of 25 cents per share with expected payment dates in August and
November 2013, and February and May 2014. During 2012, the leading offshore
drilling contractor added three state-of-the-art, ultra-deep-water drill ships
to its fleet and placed two other drill ships into service following
significant enhancement and maintenance programs. In 2013, the company is
focused on improving results from these five rigs, its incoming new builds,
and the revenue efficiency of the entire fleet. The Full Research Report on
Noble Corporation - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and
price targets - is available to download free of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/336c_NE]

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Hercules Offshore, Inc. Research Report

The acquisition of the offshore drilling rig Ben Avon by Hercules Offshore was
announced on February 21, with a purchase price of $55 million in cash.
Subject to completion of closing conditions, Hercules Offshore expects the
acquisition to close by the end of March 2013. The company also announced its
agreement of a three-year rig commitment with Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited
for the use of the Ben Avon, expecting to generate total revenue of around
$119 million under the contract. Subject to a mutually agreed drilling
contract, the rig is expected to begin working as early as May 2013. The Full
Research Report on Hercules Offshore, Inc. - including full detailed
breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free
of charge at:
[http://www.investors-alliance.com/r/full_research_report/d85d_HERO]

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