Western Refining Inc (WNR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Western Refining ( WNR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Western Refining rose 36 cents (1.3%) to $27.48 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Western Refining exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.12-$27.72 after having opened the day at $27.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.12. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), up 8.9%, Geokinetics ( GOK), up 8.9%, Equal Energy ( EQU), up 5%, and Gasco Energy ( GSX), up 4.8%.

Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The company operates in three segments: Refining Group, Wholesale Group, and Retail Group. Western Refining has a market cap of $2.44 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 104.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Western Refining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Refining as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty ( BPT), down 17.9%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 9.2%, Permian Basin Royalty ( PBT), down 7.9%, and Voyager Oil & Gas ( VOG), down 7.3%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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