The energy industry closed the day down 1.7%. Mission NewEnergy ( MNEL), Geokinetics Inc ( GOK), Energy Services of America Corporation ( ESA), and Blue Dolphin Energy Company ( BDCO) 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 76 cents (-3.3%) to $22.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17.2 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.3 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 $143.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 7.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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.

On the positive front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), Arabian American Development Company ( ARSD), WSP Holdings ( WH), and Dejour Energy Inc ( DEJ) were all gainers within the energy industry with Total ( TOT) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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