Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Kinder Morgan ( KMI) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan rose 74 cents (2.2%) to $34.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.2 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.80-$34.48 after having opened the day at $33.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.72. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Uranium Resources ( URRE), up 25.3%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 18.5%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 11.1%, and Tronox ( TROX), up 10.2%.
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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 $35.06 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six 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 negative front, Endeavour International ( END), down 17.6%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), down 10.2%, First Majestic Silver ( AG), down 10.2%, and Revett Minerals ( RVM), down 9.4%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Alpha Natural Resources ( ANR) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

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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