The basic materials sector closed the day down 2.4%. Blue Dolphin Energy Company ( BDCO), GeoMet Inc ( GMET), El Paso Corporation ( EP), and Brigham Exploration Company ( BEXP) were all winners today within the basic materials sector with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) being today's featured basic materials winner. Anadarko Petroleum rose $3.87 (5.5%) to $74.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11.4 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties primarily in the United States, the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico, and Algeria. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $33.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.7, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 39.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Quaterra Resources Inc ( QMM), Uranium Resources Inc ( URRE), Isramco Inc ( ISRL), and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG) were all losers within the basic materials sector with Dow Chemical ( DOW) being today's basic materials sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).