BP

(

BP

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, BP fell 25 cents (-0.7%) to $38.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.4 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.94-$38.39 after having opened the day at $38.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.36. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), down 10.2%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), down 10.1%,

KiOR

(

KIOR

), down 4.3%, and

LRR Energy

(

LRE

), down 4.3%.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $121.6 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.8, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of five and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate BP a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

North American Energy Partners Incorporate

(

NOA

), up 27.9%,

New Concept Energy

(

GBR

), up 19.8%,

GeoGlobal Resources

(

GGR

), up 14.6%, and

Tri-Valley Corporation

(

TIV

), up 13.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

(

OXY

) 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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