Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell 87 cents (-4.4%) to $19.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.93-$20.07 after having opened the day at $19.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.96. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 34.2%,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), down 25.7%,

Union Drilling

(

UDRL

), down 10.3%, and

CVR Energy

(

CVI

), down 6.6%.

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 $123.34 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

Tri-Valley Corporation

(

TIV

), up 9.3%,

Lucas Energy

(

LEI

), up 8.2%,

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 6.9%, and

Goodrich Petroleum

(

GDP

), up 4.5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Ecopetrol S.A

(

EC

) 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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