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Western Refining



) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Western Refining fell 54 cents (-1.8%) to $29.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Western Refining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.93-$29.63 after having opened the day at $29.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.59. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were:

BMB Munai



), down 16.3%,

Gasco Energy



), down 9.6%,

New Concept Energy



), down 5.7%, and

GeoGlobal Resources



), down 5.6%.

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Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The company operates in three segments: Refining Group, Wholesale Group, and Retail Group. Western Refining has a market cap of $2.62 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Western Refining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Refining as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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,

U.S. Energy



), up 22.1%,

Syntroleum Corporation



), up 17.2%,

GeoPetro Resources Company



), up 10.4%, and

Bellatrix Exploration



), up 8.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Occidental Petroleum Corporation



) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

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