National Oilwell Varco Inc



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, National Oilwell Varco Inc rose 76 cents (1.2%) to $64.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of National Oilwell Varco Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.05-$65.46 after having opened the day at $63.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.76. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Royale Energy Inc



), up 20.2%,

Lucas Energy Inc



), up 18.9%,

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat



), up 11.3%, and

Recovery Energy Inc



), up 8%.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. National Oilwell Varco Inc has a market cap of $27.38 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 14.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Oilwell Varco as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

Magnum Hunter Resources



), down 7.3%,

HyperDynamics Corporation



), down 6.3%,

Advantage Oil & Gas



), down 6%, and

TransAtlantic Petroleum



), down 5.7%, were all losers within the energy industry with

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras



) being today's energy industry loser.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

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