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OIH: Slowly But Surely, Oilfield Service Providers Will Recover

Apr. 01, 2021 3:16 AM ETVanEck Oil Services ETF (OIH) ETF5 Comments
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  • OIH is the benchmark fund for the oilfield services industry, with more than $1 billion of AUM, and gives investors exposure to all of the leading service providers.
  • The oilfield service providers are slowly turning around as the commodity prices recover, energy demand rises, and the oil producers gradually increase drilling activity.
  • The turnaround, however, will be slow as some of the biggest oil producers, such as Chevron and EOG Resources, exercise caution and keep a lid on spending levels.

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The VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF (NYSEARCA:OIH), which is the leading fund for oilfield service providers, has rallied this year and I believe it will continue to do well in the future as the

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Comments (5)

Gray Drake profile picture
Fossil fuels are politically incorrect, but the demand for oil and gas is projected to be increasing through 2050. OIH seems like a safe bet --- with normal well depletion and global demand growth oil service revenue expansion should go on for decades.
pgace123 profile picture
Thanks for the article. As the world reopens with more vaccinations there will be much more travel. This will cause demand to increase during a period where supply is dropping. This should translate in producers doing very well and getting greedy again which will trickle down to the service companies. My biggest fear is Iranian barrels. The unexpected could be geopolitical conflicts that no one expected.
Many of the companies that destroyed $OIH e.g. (OSD) have either reorg'd or was kicked out making $OIH a much better investment than the previous years..
Panzerman profile picture
Good article in a somewhat forgotten sector. You state:
"Additionally, I think OIH might underperform the broader energy sector during a downturn since many service companies have weak balance sheets and the risk of a decrease in cash flows can weigh heavily on their shares"

Would purchasing just SLB give a buyer a good position in the oil services area, while avoiding the weak balance sheet players??
pgace123 profile picture
@Panzerman if you compare SLB’s balance sheet to HAL’s, you will find that HAL’s is much stronger. With that being said, HAL has had a nice run compared to SLB.
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