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Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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.

Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell $0.93 (-1.1%) to $85.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,380,528 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,848,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.19-$87.28 after having opened the day at $86.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.19. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 13.5%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 9.6%, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), down 8.5% and Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), down 6.9%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $43.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 9.5%, Jones Energy Inc Class A ( JONE), up 6.2%, Antero Resources ( AR), up 4.7% and Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) 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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