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

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose 19 cents (1%) to $19.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.75-$19.29 after having opened the day at $18.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.83. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 20%, NGL Energy Partners ( NGL), up 12.6%, Isramco ( ISRL), up 7.4%, and PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 6.7%.

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 $127.71 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.2, 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 23.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three 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 negative front, Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 10%, Weatherford International ( WFT), down 8.8%, Energy Services of America Corporation ( ESA), down 8.2%, and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the energy industry with ConocoPhillips ( COP) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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