Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Kinder Morgan ( KMI) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan rose 54 cents (1.5%) to $36.04 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.51-$36.06 after having opened the day at $35.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.50. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 9.8%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 8.1%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 6.6%, and Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 5.4%.
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Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Products Pipelines-KMP, Natural Gas Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and NGPL PipeCo LLC. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $20.11 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 77.1, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 393.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Gastar Exploration ( GST), down 25.1%, Geokinetics ( GOK), down 16.2%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 11.1%, and Swift Energy Company ( SFY), down 8.4%, were all laggards within the energy industry with BP ( BP) 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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