How Risky Is Helmerich & Payne, Inc.?

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Anyone looking at the oil and gas industry today is much more aware of the risks involved in this industry than a couple of years ago. Years of peak oil fears plus the euphoria around shale made investors overlook how quickly this commodity business can see a rapid change in prospects. Today, investors are much more apprehensive about investing in this industry, even if it is a solid company like rig owner and lessor Helmerich & Payne (NYSE: HP).

Is the skepticism around investing in Helmerich & Payne justified? Let's take a look at the risks associated with Helmerich & Payne and its stock and why, over time, those risks may be a little overblown.

The short-term risk

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