Halliburton Company (HAL): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Halliburton Company ( HAL) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Halliburton Company rose 47 cents (1.4%) to $33.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8.2 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.54-$34.27 after having opened the day at $33.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.50. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Pure Bioscience ( PURE), up 24.6%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), up 18.4%, Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR), up 17%, and Arch Coal ( ACI), up 15.7%.
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Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for exploring, developing, and producing oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $31.42 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 10.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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