Weatherford International Ltd (WFT): Today's Featured Energy Loser

Weatherford International ( WFT) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Weatherford International fell 17 cents (-1.4%) to $11.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15.2 million shares of Weatherford International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.70-$12.11 after having opened the day at $11.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.89. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: Geokinetics ( GOK), down 9.8%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 6.5%, BMB Munai ( KAZ), down 6.5%, and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 5%.

Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. Weatherford International has a market cap of $9.32 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.3, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 28.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Weatherford International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weatherford International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, WSP Holdings ( WH), up 13.5%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 12.5%, Isramco ( ISRL), up 11.2%, and Adams Resources & Energy ( AE), up 8.5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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