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Bright future for oilfield service companies with innovative technology
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Bright future for oilfield service companies with innovative technology

When crude prices plummeted three years ago, oil companies sliced jobs, cut rig counts and buttoned down the hatches to survive, but they also embraced technology and cost-saving innovations. Oil prices have begun to rise again, but we don’t expect companies to back off their commitments to technological improvements in the oilfield. Companies have experienced...

On June 1, 2017March 12, 2019by
Global oil & gas market moves toward equilibrium
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Global oil & gas market moves toward equilibrium

The International Energy Agency expects U.S. oil production to be 680,000 barrels per day higher at the end of this year than it was at the end of 2016 as cuts by OPEC have brought the global market back toward equilibrium. It’s the halftime stretch for production cuts agreed to by the Organization of the...

On May 18, 2017March 12, 2019by
Companies providing pipeline safety services set for sustained growth
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Companies providing pipeline safety services set for sustained growth

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO Demand for experienced third-party oil & gas pipeline integrity services is at an all-time high, as pressure on pipeline operators to address public safety concerns, the costs of maintaining in-house integrity staff and other factors have boosted demand. Growth is also being driven by a rise in domestic...

On May 2, 2017August 20, 2018by
Momentum builds in oil & gas sector as drilling increases
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Momentum builds in oil & gas sector as drilling increases

Technology innovators especially attractive as M&A targets Oil & gas activity rose during the first quarter in Texas, Louisiana and southern New Mexico, according to energy executives responding to the quarterly Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Energy Survey — news that bodes well for M&A activity in the oilfield services sector. Service companies that made...

On April 18, 2017March 12, 2019by
Trump’s support of energy sector should boost oilfield M&A
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Trump’s support of energy sector should boost oilfield M&A

President Trump’s commitment to domestic energy production, combined with a promise to reduce financial regulations, should expand the opportunities for North American merger and acquisition deals in the oilfield services and manufacturing subsector. Trump energized the industry during his first days in office by signing several executive orders that could significantly boost the revival of...

On March 1, 2017March 12, 2019by
Staffing demand could grow in 2017, but industry faces challenges
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Staffing demand could grow in 2017, but industry faces challenges

By Neal England Managing Director and HCM Practice Leader With the U.S. economy at full employment, staffing firms will be challenged again this year to find candidates with the skillsets demanded by today’s businesses while they face internal challenges on how best to compete in an industry undergoing consolidation and change. The U.S. economy continued...

On February 17, 2017January 9, 2019by
Small business optimism under Trump could spur growth for PEOs and staffing firms
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Small business optimism under Trump could spur growth for PEOs and staffing firms

By Brad Buttermore Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer Business optimism has risen to its highest level since 2004, as Main Street prepares for business-friendly policies under President Donald Trump that could be good for the PEO and staffing industries. The Index of Small Business Optimism reached 105.8 in December, an increase of 7.4 points...

On January 12, 2017August 20, 2018by
Alpine High discovery holds promise for many in the oil industry
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Alpine High discovery holds promise for many in the oil industry

Apache Corp.’s discovery of Alpine High — a new oil and gas field in West Texas — has raised interest in a region once written off as undevelopable and could boost merger and acquisition opportunities for U.S. oilfield service companies. In its third-quarter earnings conference call in early November, Houston-based Apache was bullish on the...

On December 12, 2016March 12, 2019by
White paper examines pros and cons of HEDIS
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White paper examines pros and cons of HEDIS

The Health Effectiveness Data and Information Set, or HEDIS as it’s commonly known, is an important and evolving set of data that informs health plans, consumers and employers, allowing them to compare the performance of health care plans. In a just-released white paper, Mark Lee, a health care strategic advisor at Capital Alliance Corp. (cadallas.com),...

On November 29, 2016August 20, 2018by
Should staffing company owners consider selling before the next recession?
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Should staffing company owners consider selling before the next recession?

By Neal England Practice Leader — Human Capital Management Several experts have chattered and opined over the possibility of a global recession on the horizon since the beginning of the year. While it hasn’t happened in 2016, we know our economy is cyclical and impacted by global events. We also know that we are late...

On November 8, 2016August 20, 2018by