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Range Resources Corporation



) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Range Resources Corporation fell $2.18 (-3.4%) to $62.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Range Resources Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $61.32-$64.75 after having opened the day at $64.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.35. Other company's within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

Recon Technology



), down 11.3%,

Lizhan Environmental



), down 10.6%,

Patriot Coal Corporation



), down 9%, and

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), down 6.6%.

Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company. It engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties primarily in the Appalachian and southwestern regions of the United States. Range Resources Corporation has a market cap of $10.35 billion and is part of the


industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 304, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 255.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Range Resources Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Range Resources Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally poor debt management and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Tri-Valley Corporation



), up 16.7%,

Houston American Energy Corporation



), up 13.7%,

Oxford Resource Partners



), up 10.3%, and




), up 9.5%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Chesapeake Energy



) being today's featured basic materials sector winner.

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) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

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