Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma's high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.
Oklahoman Published: March 30, 2014
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As I return to my column-writing duties after a week of vacation, I must acknowledge my readers, who took notice of my absence. Hey, Mom.

Viewing our state-based stocks over the past two weeks since last we met here, we find one of our largest, most well-established firms flying high as an eagle.

Tulsa-based Helmerich & Payne, a contract drilling company, jumped 10 percent over the past 10 trading days to close Friday at $107.70 after setting a new all-time high earlier in the day of more than $108.

As we usually find when we search for news on HP, there is a great deal of chatter about the computer industry.

That’s because a lot of folks think HP is Hewlett Packard’s ticker symbol (The printer company is HPQ, people).

While 3-D printing is irrelevant to our firm, 3-D seismic is where it’s at.

If you want to drill, baby, drill, Helmerich & Payne is ready to serve. And that demand is serving shareholders nicely.

Beagle

Speaking of ticker symbols, this week’s beagle owns one of our favorite stock monikers.

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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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