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Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Anadarko Petroleum (APC) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum rose $1.87 (2.7%) to $70.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.23-$71.10 after having opened the day at $69.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.81. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Houston American Energy Corporation (HUSA), up 7%, InterOil Corporation (IOC), up 6.2%, Alon USA Energy (ALJ), up 6.2%, and Syntroleum Corporation (SYNM), up 6.1%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids(NGLs) in the United States, Algeria, and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $34.03 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat (AMCF), down 14.7%, Cubic Energy (QBC), down 10.5%, GeoGlobal Resources (GGR), down 9%, and Energy Services of America Corporation (ESA), down 8.6%, were all losers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR) being today's energy industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR (XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas (DDG).

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