Anadarko Petroleum

(

APC

) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum rose 99 cents (1.3%) to $76.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.41-$77.55 after having opened the day at $76.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.77. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Uranium Resources Inc

(

URRE

), up 21.6%,

Qiao Xing Universal Resources Inc

(

XING

), up 19.7%,

Willbros Group Inc

(

WG

), up 15.5%, and

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), up 8.6%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties primarily in the United States, the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico, and Algeria. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $35.77 billion and is part of the

energy

industry. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Recovery Energy Inc

(

RECV

), down 14.6%,

Pure Bioscience Inc

(

PURE

), down 14%,

BioFuel Energy Corporation

(

BIOF

), down 13.3%, and

Samson Oil & Gas

(

SSN

), down 11.8%, were all losers within the basic materials sector with

Gerdau

(

GGB

) being today's basic materials sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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