Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Plains All American Pipeline rose 50 cents (1.1%) to $45.34 on light volume. Throughout the day, 391,435 shares of Plains All American Pipeline exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 791,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.91-$45.55 after having opened the day at $45.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.84. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 11.1%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 9.8%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), up 7.9%, and Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), up 6.3%.
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Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil, refined products, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) products in the United States and Canada. Plains All American Pipeline has a market cap of $15.01 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Plains All American Pipeline a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plains All American Pipeline as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 55.3%, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 17.5%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 13%, and ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 10.6%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Marathon Oil ( MRO) 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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