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3. As of noon trading, BP (BP) is down $0.38 (-0.9%) to $40.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.5 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.68-$40.96 after having opened the day at $40.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.18.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $130.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full BP Ratings Report now.

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