Cheniere Energy Inc

(

LNG

) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 3.9%. By the end of trading, Cheniere Energy Inc fell 32 cents (-3.1%) to $9.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.4 million shares of Cheniere Energy Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $9.68-$10.79 after having opened the day at $10.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.21. Other company's within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Recovery Energy Inc

(

RECV

), down 18.5%,

Ternium

(

TX

), down 17%,

Royale Energy Inc

(

ROYL

), down 12.1%, and

Willbros Group Inc

(

WG

), down 10.7%.

Cheniere Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals and natural gas pipelines in the Gulf Coast of the United States. Cheniere Energy Inc has a market cap of $939.4 million and is part of the

energy

industry. Shares are up 85% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cheniere Energy as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Commercial Metals Company

(

CMC

), up 23.8%,

Mines Management Inc

(

MGN

), up 22.1%,

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

(

USAP

), up 18.1%, and

Uranerz Energy Corporation

(

URZ

), up 16.3%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

(

OXY

) being today's featured basic materials sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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