The energy industry closed the day down 3.9%. Arabian American Development Company ( ARSD), WSP Holdings ( WH), Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), and GeoGlobal Resources Inc ( GGR) were all winners today within the energy industry with Gulfport Energy Corporation ( GPOR) being today's featured energy winner. Gulfport Energy Corporation rose 91 cents (3.7%) to $25.43 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Gulfport Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares.

Gulfport Energy Corporation engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties. Its principal properties consist of the West Cote Blanche Bay and Hackberry fields in the Louisiana Gulf Coast; and the Permian Basin in West Texas. Gulfport Energy Corporation has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gulfport Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc ( CRZO), FX Energy Inc ( FXEN), Abraxas Petroleum Corporation ( AXAS), and Dejour Energy Inc ( DEJ) were all losers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) being today's energy industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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