Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose 20 cents (1%) to $20.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20-$20.60 after having opened the day at $20.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.90. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: GeoMet (GMET), up 87%, Augusta Resource Corporation (AZC), up 9.1%, China Precision Steel (CPSL), up 8.9%, and Midstates Petroleum (MPO), up 7.3%. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $127.71 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 5.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.
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