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

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Kinder Morgan ( KMI) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan fell 36 cents (-1.1%) to $32.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.46-$32.84 after having opened the day at $32.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.94. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Enerplus ( ERF), down 14.5%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 10.9%, SandRidge Energy ( SD), down 9.7%, and Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 7.5%.
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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 $21.62 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 72.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven 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 generally high debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Geokinetics ( GOK), up 28.2%, GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 21.5%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 15.8%, and Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 12.6%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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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