Seadrill (SDRL) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Seadrill rose 52 cents (1.4%) to $36.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.8 million shares of Seadrill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.46-$36.87 after having opened the day at $35.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.10. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Synalloy Corporation (SYNL), up 11.6%, GeoPetro Resources Company (GPR), up 7.9%, Sanchez Energy (SN), up 7.8%, and Midstates Petroleum (MPO), up 7.6%. Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. It also offers platform drilling, well intervention, and engineering services. Seadrill has a market cap of $16.81 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Seadrill a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and generally poor debt management.
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