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Ultra Petroleum Corporation (UPL): 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.

Ultra Petroleum Corporation (UPL) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Ultra Petroleum Corporation rose $0.25 (1.1%) to $23.29 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,026,647 shares of Ultra Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,147,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $23.15-$24.10 after having opened the day at $23.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.04. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Camac Energy (CAK), up 6.0%, Cobalt International Energy (CIE), up 4.8%, Bolt Technology Corporation (BOLT), up 4.2% and Tengasco (TGC), up 3.9%.

Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Ultra Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Ultra Petroleum Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultra Petroleum Corporation as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Hercules Offshore (HERO), down 15.1%, YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF), down 15.1%, Renewable Energy Group (REGI), down 10.5% and MagneGas Corporation (MNGA), down 9.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Chevron (CVX) 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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