Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell 98 cents (-1.2%) to $83.47 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $83.01-$83.98 after having opened the day at $83.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.45. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GMX Resources ( GMXR), down 17%, Earthstone Energy ( ESTE), down 9.9%, Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), down 8.9%, and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 7%.
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids(NGLs) in the United States, Algeria, and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $42.03 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), up 27.2%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 11.6%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 8.5%, and Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) 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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