When a Bad Outlook Makes a Good Buy

Tickers in this article: BHI HAL SLB
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Baker Hughes' (BHI) stunningly bad guidance Tuesday morning continues a litany of bad reports and stock action from the major oil services companies in 2012.

In light of this guidance and subsequent downgrade by two large brokerage firms, Baker Hughes traded briefly under $40 in the premarket, a level that has served me well in the past to find value in the shares.

Why would I be looking to buy this stock on the back of such a bad outlook from the company?

Because as an investor or a trader you have to understand that even when the fundamental picture is bad, there are levels at which the stocks are good values and great buys.

So, despite the dropping rig counts, the flood of pressure pumping equipment trying to leverage fewer shale gas drilling opportunities and a moribund natural gas market price, there are going to be trading chances in the three big oil-service giants, Schlumberger (SLB) , Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes.

I give some solid targets and reasons for those targets in the video above.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.