Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR.A): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose 16 cents (0.7%) to $22.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.43-$22.92 after having opened the day at $22.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.69. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 18%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 6.5%, GeoMet ( GMET), up 6%, and Mission NewEnergy ( MNEL), up 5%.

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 $144.53 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Endeavour International ( END), down 23.8%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), down 14.6%, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 12%, and SandRidge Energy ( SD), down 9.6%, were all losers within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) being today's energy industry loser.

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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