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Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Plains All American Pipeline fell $0.54 (-1.1%) to $50.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,514,746 shares of Plains All American Pipeline exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,126,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.32-$51.49 after having opened the day at $51.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.44. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 9.6%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 6.0%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 4.3% and Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 3.9%.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil and refined products in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. Plains All American Pipeline has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Plains All American Pipeline a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plains All American Pipeline as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Tengasco ( TGC), up 10.5%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 9.7%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 8.2% and Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 7.3% , 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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