Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Loser

The energy industry closed the day down 5.8%. Tri-Valley Corporation ( TIV), Geokinetics Inc ( GOK), GeoGlobal Resources Inc ( GGR), and KiOR Inc ( KIOR) were all decliners today within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) being today's featured energy loser. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell 87 cents (-3.9%) to $21.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18.1 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.7 million shares.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $152 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of six, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of eight and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 40.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. 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 and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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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