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Today's Energy Industry Featured Laggard: Ultra Petroleum Corporation (UPL)

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Ultra Petroleum Corporation (UPL) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Ultra Petroleum Corporation fell 22 cents (-1.1%) to $20.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Ultra Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.16-$20.80 after having opened the day at $20.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.61. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GMX Resources (GMXR), down 11.9%, Gasco Energy (GSX), down 9.5%, Syntroleum Corporation (SYNM), down 8.8%, and Forbes Energy Services (FES), down 6.3%.

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Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Ultra Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $3.12 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Ultra Petroleum Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultra Petroleum Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, BMB Munai (BMBM), up 20%, New Concept Energy (GBR), up 12%, Quicksilver Resources (KWK), up 9.5%, and Dejour Energy (DEJ), up 8.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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