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

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Kinder Morgan ( KMI) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan rose 80 cents (2.2%) to $37.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.70-$37.48 after having opened the day at $36.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.58. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), up 30.8%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 29.3%, Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 9.8%, and GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 9.3%.
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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 $38.88 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 73.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 7.9%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 6.6%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 5.6%, and Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), down 5.4%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) 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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