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EOG Resources



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, EOG Resources fell $2.73 (-2.2%) to $119.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,257,627 shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,877,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $119.00-$121.91 after having opened the day at $121.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.86. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

GeoPetro Resources Company



), down 42.9%,

Key Energy Services



), down 16.8%,

Noranda Aluminum



), down 13.2% and

Rubicon Minerals



), down 8.9%.

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EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas. EOG Resources has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates EOG Resources as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Newpark Resources



), down 16.0%,

Timberline Resources Corporation



), down 14.3%,

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 13.2% and

China Gengsheng Minerals



), down 8.6% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Gulfport Energy Corporation



) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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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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