Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum rose $1.56 (1.9%) to $84.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,330,014 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,380,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.92-$85.08 after having opened the day at $83.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.23. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 23.3%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 20.0%, Rentech ( RTK), up 16.9% and OM Group ( OMG), up 16.0%.
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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $43.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 20.4%, Great Basin Gold ( GBG), down 13.8%, James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 9.9% and Halcon Resources ( HK), down 9.3% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Concho Resources ( CXO) 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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