The

energy

industry closed the day up 2.7%.

HKN Inc

(

HKN

),

GeoMet Inc

(

GMET

),

YPF Sociedad Anonima

(

YPF

), and

China North East Petroleum Holdings

(

NEP

) were all decliners today within the energy industry with

Range Resources Corporation

(

RRC

) being today's featured energy loser. Range Resources Corporation fell 35 cents (-0.5%) to $70.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Range Resources Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares.

Range Resources Corporation, an independent natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas properties primarily in the Appalachian and southwestern regions of the United States. Range Resources Corporation has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. Shares are up 56.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Range as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front,

Cheniere Energy Inc

(

LNG

),

Valero Energy Corporation

(

VLO

),

FieldPoint Petroleum Corporation

(

FPP

), and

EXCO Resources Inc

(

XCO

) were all gainers within the energy industry with

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) 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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