Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose $0.70 (4.4%) to $16.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,590,608 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,340,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.17-$16.59 after having opened the day at $16.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.82. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), up 8.2%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 7.5%, ECA Marcellus Trust I ( ECT), up 7.4% and Pyramid Oil Company ( PDO), up 6.5%.
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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $100.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), down 25.1%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 12.5%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 8.3% and Magnum Hunter Resources Corportion ( MHR), down 7.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Apache Corporation ( APA) 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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