Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Loser

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell 21 cents (-1.1%) to $19.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18.4 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.32-$20.06 after having opened the day at $19.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.82. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 14.7%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 10.5%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 9%, and Energy Services of America Corporation ( ESA), down 8.6%.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. primarily engages in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, trade, and transportation businesses. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $122.16 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.1, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 6.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 24% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 7%, InterOil Corporation ( IOC), up 6.2%, Alon USA Energy ( ALJ), up 6.2%, and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 6.1%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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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