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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 0.1%. By the end of trading, EOG Resources fell $2.37 (-1.5%) to $157.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 931,849 shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,646,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $156.68-$159.30 after having opened the day at $158.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $159.46. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

China Precision Steel



), down 7.7%,

Mines Management



), down 6.8%,

Minco Gold Corporation



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), down 6.7% and




), down 6.6%.

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 $42.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate EOG Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

EOG Resources

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front,

Cardero Resources Corporation



), up 19.9%,

McEwen Mining



), up 12.1%,

Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation



), up 8.6% and

Lone Pine Resources



), up 7.8% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with




) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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