Halliburton Company (HAL): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Halliburton Company ( HAL) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Halliburton Company rose 27 cents (0.8%) to $32.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14.5 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.59-$32.74 after having opened the day at $32.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.42. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Tri-Valley Corporation ( TIV), up 25.6%, EXCO Resources ( XCO), up 9.2%, Crosstex Energy ( XTXI), up 7%, and HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 7%.

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for exploring, developing, and producing oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $30.03 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 10.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Callon Petroleum ( CPE), down 16.5%, Calumet Specialty Products Partners ( CLMT), down 10%, Geokinetics ( GOK), down 6.8%, and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 6.7%, were all losers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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