Schlumberger

(

SLB

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.8%. By the end of trading, Schlumberger rose $1.66 (2.3%) to $72.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.7 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of eight million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.18-$73.47 after having opened the day at $71.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.31. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Recovery Energy

(

RECV

), up 12.8%,

Key Energy Services

(

KEG

), up 12.1%,

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), up 11.8%, and

TransGlobe Energy Corporation

(

TGA

), up 9.7%.

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Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. Schlumberger has a market cap of $91.02 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, above the average energy industry P/E ratio of 16.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Schlumberger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

ATP Oil & Gas

(

ATPG

), down 28.2%,

Whiting USA Trust I

(

WHX

), down 10%,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), down 9%, and

Cubic Energy

(

QBC

), down 6.9%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Continental Resources

(

CLR

) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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