Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Cheniere Energy ( LNG) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Cheniere Energy rose 89 cents (3.9%) to $23.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of Cheniere Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.50-$23.63 after having opened the day at $22.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.69. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 32.2%, Oxford Resource Partners ( OXF), up 16.7%, L & L Energy ( LLEN), up 13.4%, and Ikonics Corporation ( IKNX), up 13.1%.
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Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company, engages in liquefied natural gas (LNG) related businesses. Cheniere Energy has a market cap of $5.37 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Cheniere Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cheniere Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Prospect Global Resources ( PGRX), down 12.6%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 12.2%, Nevsun Resources ( NSU), down 11.2%, and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 10.6%, were all laggards within the basic materials sector with HollyFrontier ( HFC) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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