THE NUMBERS: The world's second-largest oilfield services company earned $669 million, or 72 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That's down from $906 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago. But excluding one-time items, earnings were 67 cents per share, 6 cents above the forecast of analysts surveyed by FactSet.
GOING LONG: While Halliburton had traditionally kept its focus closer to home, it is looking increasingly abroad. During the fourth quarter, revenue rose in Latin American, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, offsetting slowed activity in North America.