Suncor Energy Inc (SU): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Suncor Energy ( SU) 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, Suncor Energy fell 43 cents (-1.4%) to $30.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.84-$30.61 after having opened the day at $30.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.56. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: CKX Lands ( CKX), down 15.1%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 13.9%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 8.5%, and Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 8.3%.
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Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $47.88 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 22.7%, GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 12.2%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 8.4%, and Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 6.8%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) 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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