Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR

(

RDS.B

) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR fell 71 cents (-1.1%) to $64.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 887,647 shares of Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 828,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.81-$65.05 after having opened the day at $64.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.44. Other company's within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were:

GeoPetro Resources Company

(

GPR

), down 15.3%,

Tri-Valley Corporation

(

TIV

), down 8.9%,

China Natural Resources

(

CHNR

), down 8.3%, and

Augusta Resource Corporation

(

AZC

), down 8.3%.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas. Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR has a market cap of $208.21 billion and is part of the

energy

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 39.5%,

Patriot Coal Corporation

(

PCX

), up 22%,

Seabridge Gold

(

SA

), up 17.4%, and

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), up 17.4%, were all gainers within the basic materials sector with

Halliburton Company

(

HAL

) being today's featured basic materials sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider

Materials Select Sector SPDR

(

XLB

) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider

ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd

(

SBM

).

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