Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A (RDS.A): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A ( RDS.A) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.6%. By the end of trading, Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A fell 72 cents (-1.1%) to $67.34 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.70-$67.81 after having opened the day at $66.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.06. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: Carbo Ceramics ( CRR), down 15.1%, ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 14.8%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 10.1%, and WSP Holdings ( WH), down 6.8%.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas. Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A has a market cap of $214.44 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, above 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 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Pioneer Drilling Company ( PDC), up 16.9%, InterOil Corporation ( IOC), up 12.3%, Cameron International Corporation ( CAM), up 11.3%, and ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 10.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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