Eni SpA (E): Today's Featured Energy Loser

Eni SpA ( E) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Eni SpA fell 20 cents (-0.5%) to $39.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 856,926 shares of Eni SpA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 673,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.83-$39.41 after having opened the day at $39.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.32. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 13.5%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 12%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), down 8.2%, and Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 7.3%.

Eni SpA, an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, transformation, and marketing of oil and natural gas. Eni SpA has a market cap of $73.76 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.2, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 6.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Eni SpA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eni SpA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 12.5%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 11.5%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 11.1%, and Endeavour International ( END), up 9.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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