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Royal Dutch Shell

(

RDS.A

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Royal Dutch Shell fell $0.71 (-1.1%) to $65.35 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,517,495 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,290,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $65.32-$65.64 after having opened the day at $65.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.06. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Ivanhoe Energy

(

IVAN

), down 6.4%,

Pyramid Oil Company

(

PDO

), down 6.2%,

Mexco Energy Corporation

(

MXC

), down 5.3% and

Tengasco

(

TGC

), down 4.0%.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $202.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Royal Dutch Shell

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Lone Pine Resources

(

LPR

), up 7.8%,

Apco Oil and Gas International

(

APAGF

), up 7.8%,

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 6.5% and

Emerge Energy Services

(

EMES

), up 6.2% , were all gainers within the energy industry with

Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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