Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.B): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Royal Dutch Shell rose $0.73 (1.1%) to $68.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,594,874 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,238,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.72-$69.43 after having opened the day at $68.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.09. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 74.8%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 18.6%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 14.4% and HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 12.0%.
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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $212.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 23.0%, Carbo Ceramics ( CRR), down 17.4%, Patterson-UTI Energy ( PTEN), down 7.2% and NuStar GP Holdings ( NSH), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Kinder Morgan ( KMI) 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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