Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Cheniere Energy ( LNG) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Cheniere Energy fell 21 cents (-1.3%) to $15.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Cheniere Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.68-$16.13 after having opened the day at $16.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.03. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), down 9.3%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 7.8%, Geokinetics ( GOK), down 7.7%, and Energy Services of America Corporation ( ESA), down 7.6%.
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Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company, engages in liquefied natural gas (LNG) related businesses. Cheniere Energy has a market cap of $3.38 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 84.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Cheniere Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cheniere Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 12.2%, Emerald Oil ( EOX), up 7.3%, Voyager Oil & Gas ( VOG), up 7.3%, and Equal Energy ( EQU), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) 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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