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Nabors Industries



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 2.1%. By the end of trading, Nabors Industries fell $0.47 (-3.1%) to $14.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,205,037 shares of Nabors Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,040,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.72-$15.62 after having opened the day at $15.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.27. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Gasco Energy



), down 21.4%,

Crosshair Energy



), down 20.0%,

Keegan Resources



), down 15.5% and

Asanko Gold



), down 15.5%.

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Nabors Industries Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a land drilling contractor in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Nabors Industries has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nabors Industries as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Noranda Aluminum



), down 34.9%,

FX Energy



), down 27.0%,

Turquoise Hill Resources



), down 16.6% and

Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion



), down 15.3% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with




) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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Materials Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd




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