Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell 58 cents (-2.3%) to $24.41 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7.8 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.32-$25.07 after having opened the day at $24.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.99. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Magnum Hunter Resources

(

MHR

), down 7.3%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), down 6.3%,

Advantage Oil & Gas

(

AAV

), down 6%, and

TransAtlantic Petroleum

(

TAT

), down 5.7%.

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 $168.93 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 8.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 34% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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,

Royale Energy Inc

(

ROYL

), up 20.2%,

Lucas Energy Inc

(

LEI

), up 18.9%,

Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat

(

AMCF

), up 11.3%, and

Recovery Energy Inc

(

RECV

), up 8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

National Oilwell Varco Inc

(

NOV

) 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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