Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Energy Transfer Partners L.P rose 56 cents (1.4%) to $41.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Energy Transfer Partners L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.01-$42.09 after having opened the day at $41.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.89. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 35.4%, Cal Dive International ( DVR), up 12.4%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 10.3%, and Gasco Energy ( GSX), up 6.8%.
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Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners L.P has a market cap of $10.21 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Energy Transfer Partners L.P a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Partners L.P as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 21.2%, Callon Petroleum ( CPE), down 13.8%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 13.5%, and Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 9.4%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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