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EXCO Resources



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, EXCO Resources rose 6 cents (0.9%) to $6.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of EXCO Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.68-$7.08 after having opened the day at $6.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.75. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

BMB Munai



), up 10%,

BMB Munai



), up 10%,

LRR Energy



), up 7.9%, and

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), up 5.1%.

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EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the exploration, exploitation, development, and production of onshore U.S. oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays. EXCO Resources has a market cap of $1.43 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 36.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate EXCO Resources a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EXCO Resources as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally weak debt management.

On the negative front,

GeoPetro Resources Company



), down 14.4%,

ATP Oil & Gas



), down 11.9%,

Pioneer Drilling Company



), down 11.8%, and

Union Drilling



), down 11.3%, were all losers within the energy industry with

Occidental Petroleum Corporation



) being today's energy industry loser.

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) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

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