Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan fell 64 cents (-1.9%) to $33.16 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9.5 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.95-$33.75 after having opened the day at $33.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.80. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

GeoPetro Resources Company

(

GPR

), down 15.3%,

Tri-Valley Corporation

(

TIV

), down 8.9%,

PrimeEnergy

(

PNRG

), down 6.8%, and

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 6.7%.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Products Pipelines-KMP, Natural Gas Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and NGPL PipeCo LLC. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $23.58 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.8, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 58.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally weak debt management and premium valuation.

On the positive front,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 39.5%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), up 17.4%,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), up 14.3%, and

GeoMet

(

GMET

), up 12.9%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

ConocoPhillips

(

COP

) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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