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Quicksilver Resources



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 4.1%. By the end of trading, Quicksilver Resources rose 6 cents (1.6%) to $3.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of Quicksilver Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.61-$3.96 after having opened the day at $3.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.74. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Tri-Valley Corporation



), up 11.2%,




), up 4.4%,

WSP Holdings



), up 3%, and

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Gasco Energy



), up 2.6%.

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Quicksilver Resources Inc. engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and sale of natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil onshore in North America. It focuses primarily on unconventional reservoirs in fractured shales, coal beds, and tight sands. Quicksilver Resources has a market cap of $640.9 million and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 6.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 44.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Quicksilver Resources a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Quicksilver Resources as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Key Energy Services



), down 17.9%,

HyperDynamics Corporation



), down 12.6%,

Lone Pine Resources



), down 12.5%, and




), down 12.5%, were all losers within the energy industry with




) 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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