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Talisman Energy ( TLM) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Talisman Energy fell 22 cents (-1.8%) to $11.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Talisman Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.90-$12.29 after having opened the day at $12.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.15. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 25.2%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), down 7.4%, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 6%, and Endeavour International ( END), down 5.7%.
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Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It primarily operates in North America, the North Sea, and southeast Asia. Talisman Energy has a market cap of $12.49 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Talisman Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Talisman Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, Emerald Oil ( EOX), up 7.9%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 7.8%, Tengasco ( TGC), up 7.3%, and Compressco Partners ( GSJK), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) 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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