Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose 23 cents (1.2%) to $19.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.44-$19.74 after having opened the day at $19.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.41. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 24.4%, Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 19.7%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), up 9.9%, and InterOil Corporation ( IOC), up 9.6%.
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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $127.31 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 13.3%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 7.1%, Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion ( MHR), down 6.9%, and Noble Corporation ( NE), down 6%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Williams Companies ( WMB) 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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