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Ultra Petroleum Corporation ( UPL) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Ultra Petroleum Corporation rose $0.34 (1.6%) to $22.08 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 6,966,564 shares of Ultra Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,421,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.65-$22.74 after having opened the day at $21.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.74. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 14.2%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 13.5%, TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), up 10.6% and Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), up 7.4%.
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Ultra Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Ultra Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ultra Petroleum Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultra Petroleum Corporation as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 14.8%, Comstock Resources ( CRK), down 6.5%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 6.5% and Halcon Resources ( HK), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Phillips 66 ( PSX) 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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