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

PetroChina ( PTR) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.4%. By the end of trading, PetroChina fell $1.52 (-1.2%) to $126.75 on average volume. Throughout the day, 173,394 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $125.44-$127.19 after having opened the day at $126.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $128.27. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 9.1%, Camac Energy ( CAK), down 7.7%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 7.1%, and Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 5.2%.

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 $233.99 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 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 positive front, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 16.3%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 13.9%, GeoMet ( GMET), up 11.8%, and Gulfport Energy Corporation ( GPOR), up 10.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with ConocoPhillips ( COP) 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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