Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Energy Transfer Partners L.P rose $1.26 (2.5%) to $52.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,540,510 shares of Energy Transfer Partners L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,689,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.00-$52.28 after having opened the day at $51.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.00. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: FX Energy ( FXEN), up 38.0%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 31.6%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 30.4% and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 13.3%.
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Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners L.P has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Energy Transfer Partners L.P a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Partners L.P as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 7.5%, Kosmos Energy ( KOS), down 6.5%, Hercules Offshore ( HERO), down 5.3% and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Suncor Energy ( SU) 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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