The

energy

industry closed the day down 3.9%.

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc

(

CRZO

),

FX Energy Inc

(

FXEN

),

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation

(

AXAS

), and

Dejour Energy Inc

(

DEJ

) were all decliners today within the energy industry with

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

) being today's featured energy loser. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell 60 cents (-2.5%) to $23.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.8 million shares.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $156.3 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.2, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 8.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a

hold

. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Arabian American Development Company

(

ARSD

),

WSP Holdings

(

WH

),

Torch Energy Royalty

(

TRU

), and

GeoGlobal Resources Inc

(

GGR

) were all gainers within the energy industry with

Gulfport Energy Corporation

(

GPOR

) being today's energy industry Leader Spotlight stock.

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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