SandRidge Energy Inc (SD): Today's Featured Energy Winner

SandRidge Energy ( SD) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2%. By the end of trading, SandRidge Energy rose 18 cents (2.6%) to $7.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 29.7 million shares of SandRidge Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.93-$7.32 after having opened the day at $7 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.91. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Equal Energy ( EQU), up 9.5%, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 8.5%, Gasco Energy ( GSX), up 6.8%, and Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 4.8%.

SandRidge Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent natural gas and oil company in the United States. The company engages in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties. SandRidge Energy has a market cap of $3.02 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate SandRidge Energy a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SandRidge Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Endeavour International ( END), down 10%, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 9.6%, Magnum Hunter Resources ( MHR), down 9.4%, and Cal Dive International ( DVR), down 9%, were all losers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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).