Exterran Holdings Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of oil and natural gas equipment and services provider Exterran Holdings (NYS: EXH) gushed higher by as much as 10.7% earlier in the trading session after the company won a new contract.

So what: Exterran announced this morning that it had won a five-year contract from Pemex to provide gas conditioning, treating, and compression services in three natural gas facilities in Veracruz, Mexico. This deal represents Exterran's largest deal by capacity in Mexico and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2012.

Now what: Today's contract is a step in the right direction for a beaten-down stock. Unfortunately for Exterran, it needs considerably more than just one contract to right its ship. Projections are currently calling for Exterran to be running deep in the red in 2012 and it would practically take a miracle to reverse that. I'd rather stick with profitable plays in the oil and gas sector than be suckered into the one-day pop we're seeing today.

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