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 1.8%. By the end of trading, PetroChina rose $1.42 (1.1%) to $130.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 203,228 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 167,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $130.81-$132.71 after having opened the day at $132.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.52. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 21.9%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 13.4%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), up 12.6%, and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 12.1%.

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 $238.37 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.7, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 11.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, BPZ Resources ( BPZ), down 12%, Endeavour International ( END), down 11.7%, Hallador Energy ( HNRG), down 11.4%, and GMX Resources ( GMXR), down 10.7%, 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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