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

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Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Royal Dutch Shell rose $0.84 (1.3%) to $66.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,511,920 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,703,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.40-$66.24 after having opened the day at $65.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.21. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 11.8%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 10.8%, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), up 10.2% and Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), up 6.3%.
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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 $209.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 18.8%, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limi ( SHI), down 12.3%, FieldPoint Petroleum Corporation ( FPP), down 6.2% and Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 6.0% , 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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