June 17, 2011 08:24 ET

Equity Research on Hercules Offshore Inc. and Helmerich & Payne Inc. - Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Sector Navigates Tough Waters Following Oil Spill

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The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has had a major impact on the Oil and Gas Drilling and Exploration Sector. For offshore drillers, operations in the gulf were completely cut when the U.S. Government instituted a moratorium for drilling in that region. While this moratorium did not technically extend to shallow-water operations, it did negatively impact this segment of the market because drilling permits were much harder to procure. Get instant analyses of Hercules Offshore Inc. and Helmerich & Payne Inc. from live, real-time experts standing by at There is no commitment to join. is the Ultimate Trading Environment for investors. If you are considering owning Hercules Offshore Inc. and Helmerich & Payne Inc. then you should sign up for a free membership and our complimentary reports today at Over the last 5 years our returns outpaced any of the major indexes. Sign up today to find out what you are missing.

Companies that are able to navigate the procedural obstacles should find steady demand waiting on the other side. Hercules Offshore Inc. is optimistic about shallow water rig demand. There appears to be more interest in new and higher-tech rigs, however, which may lead to the company selling off some of its oldest vessels. This demand for more advanced rigs will add a measure of stability to companies with premium asset profiles like Helmerich and Payne Inc. Hercules Offshore Inc. and Helmerich & Payne Inc. reports are accessible for free by registering today at or

The sector will need to work through new safety and environmental regulations that arose out of the Gulf spill. While acquiring permits has been difficult, the U.S. government has recently released a new, more-efficient, application process that should make the sector's battle a little easier.

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