BP ( BP) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3.3%. By the end of trading, BP fell $1.31 (-2.9%) to $44.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.5 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.15-$45.28 after having opened the day at $44.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.50. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: KiOR Inc ( KIOR), down 12.2%, FieldPoint Petroleum Corporation ( FPP), down 10.8%, Pioneer Drilling Company ( PDC), down 10.3%, and Camac Energy Inc ( CAK), down 9.8%.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, retail services, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $141 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.9% 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), up 11.1%, Geokinetics Inc ( GOK), up 7.2%, Arabian American Development Company ( ARSD), up 6.5%, and Cubic Energy Inc ( QBC), up 6.3%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Nexen Inc ( NXY) 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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