Sunoco Logistics Partners

(

SXL

) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 3.4%. By the end of trading, Sunoco Logistics Partners rose $2.27 (2.2%) to $104.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 46,855 shares of Sunoco Logistics Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 86,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $101.97-$105.20 after having opened the day at $101.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $102.62. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were:

Royale Energy Inc

(

ROYL

), up 17.3%,

HKN Inc

(

HKN

), up 10.2%,

Energy Services of America Corporation

(

ESA

), up 7.9%, and

Sutor Technology Group

(

SUTR

), up 7.8%.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. engages in the transport, terminalling, and storage of refined products and crude oil, as well as the purchase and sale of crude oil in the United States. Sunoco Logistics Partners has a market cap of $3.45 billion and is part of the

energy

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sunoco Logistics as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

Entree Gold Inc

(

EGI

), down 17.4%,

InterOil Corporation

(

IOC

), down 14.4%,

China Shen Zhou Mining & Resources Inc

(

SHZ

), down 12.2%, and

GMX Resources Inc

(

GMXR

), down 11.9%, were all losers within the basic materials sector with

Apache Corporation

(

APA

) being today's basic materials sector loser.

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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