Tesoro Corporation (TSO): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Tesoro Corporation ( TSO) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Tesoro Corporation fell $1.06 (-1.9%) to $53.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.2 million shares of Tesoro Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.10-$54.95 after having opened the day at $54.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.55. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 8.6%, Comstock Resources ( CRK), down 7.9%, Ocean Rig UDW ( ORIG), down 7.7%, and Kosmos Energy ( KOS), down 7.5%.
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Tesoro Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining and marketing petroleum products in the United States. It operates in two segments, Refining and Retail. Tesoro Corporation has a market cap of $7.56 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of eight, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Tesoro Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tesoro Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 21.2%, North American Energy Partners Incorporate ( NOA), up 11.6%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 11%, and Gran Tierra Energy ( GTE), up 8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with ConocoPhillips ( COP) 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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