El Paso Pipeline Partners LP (EPB): Today's Featured Energy Loser

El Paso Pipeline Partners ( EPB) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, El Paso Pipeline Partners fell 27 cents (-0.8%) to $32.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 434,515 shares of El Paso Pipeline Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 431,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.70-$33.39 after having opened the day at $33.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.16. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 7.8%, ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 7.1%, GeoMet ( GMET), down 6.6%, and Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), down 6.5%.

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. engages in the interstate storage and transportation of natural gas in the United States. The company owns 100% interest in Wyoming Interstate Company, L.L.C. El Paso Pipeline Partners has a market cap of $6.86 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate El Paso Pipeline Partners a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates El Paso Pipeline Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Cheniere Energy ( LNG), up 9.2%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), up 8.5%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 7.6%, and Penn Virginia Corporation ( PVA), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR ( RDS.A) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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