Eagle and Beagle: Oklahoma's best and worst stock

Business Writer Don Mecoy writes about the best- and worst-performing Oklahoma stocks for the week.
Oklahoman Published: November 18, 2012
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Eagle & Beagle

Eagle

It's been a tough few weeks for Wall Street.

Stocks have been sluggish, with the Dow finishing last week in negative territory for the fourth consecutive week. Both the Dow and Nasdaq, despite a good Friday, slipped 1.8 percent last week, with the S&P 500 down nearly as much.

That makes our eagle even more flight-worthy. Helmerich & Payne, a Tulsa-based contract oil and natural gas driller, posted record fourth-quarter and annual earnings, which prompted traders to push the stock price higher.

By week's end, HP shares gained 8.7 percent to close Friday at $49.92.

In a week with few standout stocks, HP was the clear winner among Oklahoma stocks.

Beagle

Unfortunately, there were plenty of potential beagles to choose from this week.


by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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