Transocean Ltd (RIG): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Transocean ( RIG) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Transocean rose $1.16 (2.1%) to $56.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Transocean exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.88-$56.78 after having opened the day at $55.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.60. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 17.9%, Molycorp ( MCP), up 13.2%, Mountain Province Diamonds ( MDM), up 10.6%, and Gold Standard Ventures ( GSV), up 9.8%.
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Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services. Transocean has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Transocean a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Transocean as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 25.2%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), down 7.4%, Timmins Gold ( TGD), down 7%, and AMCOL International Corporation ( ACO), down 6.8%, 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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