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EQT

(

EQT

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, EQT fell $3.40 (-3.3%) to $99.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,581,883 shares of EQT exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,384,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $98.94-$103.33 after having opened the day at $102.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.48. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were:

MagneGas Corporation

(

MNGA

), down 28.4%,

KiOR

(

KIOR

), down 11.8%,

Dejour Energy

(

DEJ

), down 8.7% and

Lucas Energy

(

LEI

), down 5.4%.

EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a natural gas company in the United States. It operates in two segments, EQT Production and EQT Midstream. EQT has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate EQT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

EQT

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Houston American Energy Corporation

(

HUSA

), up 9.5%,

Double Eagle Petroleum Company

(

DBLE

), up 8.8%,

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 6.6% and

Clayton Williams Energy

(

CWEI

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

Chevron

(

CVX

) 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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