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Western Refining

(

WNR

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Western Refining rose $0.75 (2.3%) to $33.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,243,396 shares of Western Refining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,969,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.42-$34.04 after having opened the day at $32.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.62. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Houston American Energy Corporation

(

HUSA

), up 21.1%,

Torch Energy Royalty

(

TRU

), up 20.0%,

Constellation Energy Partners

(

CEP

), up 14.8% and

Sonde Resources

(

SOQ

), up 8.6%.

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Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. It operates in three segments: Refining, Wholesale, and Retail. Western Refining has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Western Refining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Western Refining

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Global Geophysical Services

(

GGS

), down 8.9%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), down 7.8%,

Emerald Oil

(

EOX

), down 7.1% and

Endeavour International

(

END

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

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) 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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