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Canadian Natural Resources

(

CNQ

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Canadian Natural Resources fell 46 cents (-1.4%) to $31.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.24-$32.10 after having opened the day at $32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.17. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Ferrellgas Partners

(

FGP

), down 11.1%,

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 9.3%,

TGC Industries

(

TGE

), down 7.7%, and

Syntroleum Corporation

(

SYNM

), down 6.8%.

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, marketing, and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $32.76 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 10.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 8.6%,

Gasco Energy

(

GSX

), up 7.8%,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 6.4%, and

Lone Pine Resources

(

LPR

), up 5.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Marathon Oil

(

MRO

) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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