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Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Canadian Natural Resources fell $0.42 (-1.4%) to $28.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,199,779 shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,146,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.46-$29.23 after having opened the day at $29.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.22. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 15.2%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 8.6%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 7.4% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 7.4%.
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Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 9.2%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 8.3%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 7.7% and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 7.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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