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National Oilwell Varco

(

NOV

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, National Oilwell Varco fell $1.19 (-1.9%) to $63.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.3 million shares of National Oilwell Varco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.63-$64.78 after having opened the day at $64.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.28. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

GeoMet

(

GMET

), down 29.2%,

Recovery Energy

(

RECV

), down 15.7%,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), down 11.3%, and

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National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, constructs, manufactures, and sells systems, components, and products for oil and gas drilling and production, as well as provides oilfield services and supplies, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $28.58 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate National Oilwell Varco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Oilwell Varco as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Harvest Natural Resources

(

HNR

), up 86.9%,

Isramco

(

ISRL

), up 16.7%,

Gastar Exploration

(

GST

), up 15.5%, and

Union Drilling

(

UDRL

), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

BP

(

BP

) 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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