InterOil Corporation



) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.8%. By the end of trading, InterOil Corporation fell 29 cents (-0.5%) to $55.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 666,294 shares of InterOil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 812,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.40-$59.43 after having opened the day at $57.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.64. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Recovery Energy Inc



), down 18.5%,

Royale Energy Inc



), down 12.1%,

Willbros Group Inc



), down 10.7%, and

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 6.8%.

InterOil Corporation primarily engages in the exploration, appraisal, and development of crude oil and natural gas properties in Papua New Guinea. It also involves in the refining and liquefaction of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline, as well as naphtha and low sulfur waxy residue. InterOil Corporation has a market cap of $2.94 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are down 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates InterOil 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Alon USA Energy Inc



), up 14.6%,

Magnum Hunter Resources



), up 14%,

HyperDynamics Corporation



), up 13.7%, and

VAALCO Energy Inc



), up 13.7%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Exxon Mobil Corporation



) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

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