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Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Kinder Morgan (KMI) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan rose $0.73 (2.0%) to $37.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,038,094 shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,001,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.82-$37.84 after having opened the day at $37.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.11. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Lone Pine Resources (LPR), up 7.8%, Apco Oil and Gas International (APAGF), up 7.8%, Sonde Resources (SOQ), up 6.5% and Emerge Energy Services (EMES), up 6.2%.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Products Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and Other. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $38.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, Ivanhoe Energy (IVAN), down 6.4%, Pyramid Oil Company (PDO), down 6.2%, Mexco Energy Corporation (MXC), down 5.3% and Tengasco (TGC), down 4.0% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) 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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