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Oil States International ( OIS) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Oil States International fell $1.12 (-1.2%) to $92.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,637,302 shares of Oil States International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,087,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.91-$93.51 after having opened the day at $92.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.63. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 20.0%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 7.1%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 6.7% and LinnCo ( LNCO), down 6.2%.
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Oil States International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides specialty products and services to the oil and gas drilling and production companies worldwide. It operates in four segments: Accommodations, Offshore Products, Well Site Services, and Tubular Services. Oil States International has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Oil States International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Royale Energy ( ROYL), down 9.3%, Gran Tierra Energy ( GTE), down 8.8%, EV Energy Partner ( EVEP), down 6.3% and Camac Energy ( CAK), down 6.2% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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