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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation rose $1.73 (2.5%) to $72.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,142,783 shares of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,279,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.70-$72.61 after having opened the day at $69.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.57. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Torch Energy Royalty



), up 58.7%,

GeoPetro Resources Company



), up 52.9%,

Houston American Energy Corporation



), up 21.6% and

Sinocoking Coal and Coke Chemicals



), up 10.7%.

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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the development, exploitation, exploration, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 97.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources



), down 24.4%,

Revett Minerals



), down 23.5%,

China Gengsheng Minerals



), down 11.1% and

Recon Technology



), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with

Devon Energy



) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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