BP Plc (BP): Today's Featured Energy Loser

The energy industry closed the day up 2.6%. GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), Crosstex Energy Inc ( XTXI), and Western Refining Inc ( WNR) were all decliners today within the energy industry with BP ( BP) being today's featured energy loser. BP fell 51 cents (-1.2%) to $41.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.6 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $130.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Semgroup ( SEMG), Isramco Inc ( ISRL), China North East Petroleum Holdings ( NEP), and GeoGlobal Resources Inc ( GGR) were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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