Anadarko Petroleum

(

APC

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell $1.17 (-1.6%) to $74.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.3 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.11-$76.45 after having opened the day at $75.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.70. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Alon USA Energy Inc

(

ALJ

), down 13.1%,

Energy Services of America Corporation

(

ESA

), down 6.7%,

Saratoga Resources Inc

(

SROE

), down 6.6%, and

Saratoga Resources Inc

(

SARA

), down 6.6%.

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 $38.19 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 0.6% 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 positive front,

Royale Energy Inc

(

ROYL

), up 12.7%,

InterOil Corporation

(

IOC

), up 10.2%,

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat

(

AMCF

), up 8.4%, and

Recovery Energy Inc

(

RECV

), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Chevron

(

CVX

) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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