Wedbush Securities Inc. Sells 1,781 Shares of Halliburton (NYSE:HAL)

Wedbush Securities Inc. lessened its stake in Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) by 9.3% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 17,371 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock after selling 1,781 shares during the period. Wedbush Securities Inc.’s holdings in Halliburton were worth $395,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Barnett & Company Inc. bought a new position in Halliburton during the first quarter worth about $29,000. Mascoma Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Halliburton during the first quarter worth about $30,000. Berman Capital Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Halliburton by 46.0% during the first quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC now owns 1,253 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock worth $36,000 after purchasing an additional 395 shares during the period. Asset Planning Services Ltd. lifted its stake in Halliburton by 903.2% during the second quarter. Asset Planning Services Ltd. now owns 1,254 shares of the oilfield services company’s stock worth $29,000 after purchasing an additional 1,129 shares during the period. Finally, Meridian Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Halliburton during the second quarter worth about $32,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.42% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Halliburton stock opened at $18.87 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16, a current ratio of 2.26 and a quick ratio of 1.59. The firm has a market cap of $16.06 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.93, a P/E/G ratio of 2.16 and a beta of 1.30. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $21.93 and a 200 day simple moving average of $26.21. Halliburton has a fifty-two week low of $17.46 and a fifty-two week high of $42.57.



Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 22nd. The oilfield services company reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.30 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $5.93 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.97 billion. Halliburton had a net margin of 5.58% and a return on equity of 13.76%. Halliburton’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.58 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Halliburton will post 1.34 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, September 25th. Investors of record on Wednesday, September 4th will be issued a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.82%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, September 3rd. Halliburton’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.89%.

HAL has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. SunTrust Banks cut their price target on shares of Halliburton to $39.00 and set an “average” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 23rd. Stephens cut their price target on shares of Halliburton from $45.00 to $35.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 23rd. Edward Jones cut shares of Halliburton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, June 10th. Credit Suisse Group cut their price target on shares of Halliburton from $33.00 to $27.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 23rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on shares of Halliburton from $40.00 to $36.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and twenty-one have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $39.78.

About Halliburton

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products to oil and natural gas companies worldwide. The company's Completion and Production segment offers production enhancement services, including stimulation and sand control services; and cementing services, such as bonding the well, well casing, and casing equipment.

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