PetroChina Co Ltd (PTR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

PetroChina ( PTR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, PetroChina rose $2.17 (1.6%) to $133.35 on average volume. Throughout the day, 226,251 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 168,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $132.99-$134.58 after having opened the day at $134 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.18. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: KiOR ( KIOR), up 9.9%, Renewable Energy Group ( REGI), up 7.9%, CKX Lands ( CKX), up 6.2%, and Pyramid Oil Company ( PDO), up 5.8%.

PetroChina Company Limited produces and distributes oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. It operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $246.86 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.8, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 11.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are two analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Geokinetics ( GOK), down 24%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 23.3%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), down 17.4%, and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 15.4%, were all losers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) 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).