Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell 74 cents (-1.1%) to $69.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.10-$70.27 after having opened the day at $69.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.34. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 34.7%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 14.2%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 12.3%, and Recon Technology ( RCON), down 8.7%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids(NGLs) in the United States, Algeria, and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $34.81 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Gasco Energy ( GSX), up 18.5%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 8.9%, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), up 7.8%, and Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 5.9%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Kinder Morgan ( KMI) 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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