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CEO's Pay Can Be Great Indicator $BHI $HAL $NOV $SLB $WFT

|Includes: Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), HAL, NOV, SLB, WFT

There are many aspects to look at when choosing your investments. We present a few that tend to help narrow the choices while showing which ones would be great investments or be losers in the long run. Although we only cover a couple here these points can be applied to most public companies.

Management matters.

I will look at 5 oil service companies: Baker Hughes, Inc. (NYSE: BHI), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NYSE: NOV), Schlumberger NV (NYSE: SLB) and Weatherford International Ltd. (NYSE: WFT) and show that those with CEO compensation practices more attuned with investors delivered higher returns over the previous 3-year period and also YTD.

Total Shareholder Return during 2009-2011 and Year-To-Date (YTD)

Total Shareholder Return (TSR) includes both price appreciation and dividends received. Of these five companies, four pay dividends, only Weatherford does not. Of the four dividend payers, two-National Oilwell-Varco and Schlumberger-increased their dividends between 2009-2011. The chart below compares the 3-year TSR with total CEO compensation.

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