also the conference call is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00 am cst for HAL .(strange) may be they want to see what SLB does in their conference call which is projected at 9:00 am tomorrow along woth the earnings announcement.
i think HAL didnt go higher because they didnt beat the earning estimates by too much like they did last quater. nevertless they did beat the street by 4 cents. the eps the street was looking for was 87 cents anf they reported 91 cents. the earning estimate that is taken into account is the projections of most big name analysts that cover that stock on regular basis. so for this quater most analysts had projected 87 cents profit per share. or the mean of their estimate was 87 cents.
I own both and HAL did not miss. Investors like you who suggest a miss because a stock doesn't fly are part of this market of momentum or bust. All that can be said is HAL was ahead but not enough to satisfy momentum investors.