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Newfield Exploration Company (NFX): Today's Favorite Energy Gainer

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Newfield Exploration Company (NFX) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, Newfield Exploration Company rose 34 cents (1.7%) to $20.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.4 million shares of Newfield Exploration Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.78-$20.52 after having opened the day at $19.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.09. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat (AMCF), up 39.7%, Recovery Energy (RECV), up 18.6%, GeoPetro Resources Company (GPR), up 11.1%, and TransAtlantic Petroleum (TAT), up 5.3%.

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Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, and onshore Gulf Coast, as well as Malaysia and China. Newfield Exploration Company has a market cap of $2.73 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Newfield Exploration Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Newfield Exploration Company as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, GeoGlobal Resources (GGR), down 21%, Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion (MHR), down 14.8%, Gastar Exploration (GST), down 13%, and Saratoga Resources (SARA), down 9.4%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Schlumberger (SLB) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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