Weatherford International Ltd (WFT): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Weatherford International ( WFT) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Weatherford International rose 29 cents (2.3%) to $13.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.2 million shares of Weatherford International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.83-$13.16 after having opened the day at $12.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.82. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 10.9%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), up 7.1%, Miller Energy Resources ( MILL), up 6.4%, and Hess ( HES), up 6.1%.
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Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. Weatherford International has a market cap of $9.57 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Weatherford International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weatherford International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 20.9%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 19.3%, Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 7.2%, and ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 7.2%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) 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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