Parker Drilling Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of Parker Drilling (NYS: PKD) jumped 10% today after the company released earnings.

So what: During the third quarter, revenue rose 2.7% to $176.6 million but fell short of analysts estimates of $182.7 million. But that's no matter when earnings per share reached $0.18, a full $0.05 ahead of estimates.

Now what: As shale drilling demand expands rapidly, Parker Drilling is selling more drill pipe, and demand for shallow water rigs is improving. These trends should continue, and with shares trading at just nine times forward earnings estimates, Parker looks like a good value in the industry. I think shares are attractive, and I'll back that up by giving Parker Drilling a green thumb on My CAPS page, which you can see here.

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