The energy industry closed the day up 1.5%. Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), Tri-Valley Corporation ( TIV), Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), and Crosstex Energy Inc ( XTXI) were all decliners today within the energy industry with InterOil Corporation ( IOC) being today's featured energy loser. InterOil Corporation fell 25 cents (-0.5%) to $47.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 137,855 shares of InterOil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 845,100 shares.

InterOil Corporation primarily engages in the exploration, appraisal, and development of crude oil and natural gas properties in Papua New Guinea. It also involves in the refining and liquefaction of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline, as well as naphtha and low sulfur waxy residue. InterOil Corporation has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 34.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates InterOil as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), Camac Energy Inc ( CAK), Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), and Petroleum Development Corporation ( PETD) were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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