Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE) Has Solid Balance of Shallow, Deepwater Markets Says FBR

Liking the balanced exposure to shallow and deepwater markets, FBR Capital said they're maintaining their "Outperform" on Noble Corporation (NYSE:NE), although they're lowering the earnings per share estimates based on the Pemex contract extension.

FBR said, "We are lowering our EPS estimates to $0.53, $4.00, and $4.95 from $0.54, $4.15, and $5.10 for 4Q10, 2011, and 2012, respectively. Our new rates reflect the recent contract extension rates that Noble Corp. has received from Pemex...We are maintaining our rating for NE based on the company's balanced exposure to the shallow and deepwater markets and attractive valuation. The company has a strong backlog and ample liquidity to grow even after adding four modern deepwater units in the Bully and Globetrotter rigs."

Noble closed Tuesday at $34.46, gaining $0.28, or 0.82 percent. FBR has a price target of $42 on the drilling service provider.

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