Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR.A): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell $0.74 (-4.2%) to $17.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,145,836 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,018,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.92-$17.67 after having opened the day at $17.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.74. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 7.7%, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), down 6.7%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 6.5% and Penn Virginia Corporation ( PVA), down 5.8%.
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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $110.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 17.2%, Synergy Resources Corporation ( SYRG), down 10.8%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 8.7% and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Transocean ( RIG) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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