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) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, BP rose $0.45 (1.0%) to $43.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,577,253 shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,261,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.96-$43.74 after having opened the day at $43.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.28. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Torch Energy Royalty



), up 58.7%,

GeoPetro Resources Company



), up 52.9%,

Houston American Energy Corporation



), up 21.6% and

FX Energy



), up 7.8%.

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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 $138.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 435.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Recon Technology



), down 9.1%,

Halcon Resources



), down 8.9%,

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat



), down 7.3% and

Global Geophysical Services



), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the energy industry with

Apache Corporation



) being today's energy industry laggard.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas




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