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Linn Energy ( LINE) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Linn Energy rose $1.39 (4.4%) to $32.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7,808,155 shares of Linn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,305,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.10-$34.14 after having opened the day at $32.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.59. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 12.0%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 9.8%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 6.5% and MV Oil ( MVO), up 5.8%.
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Linn Energy, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties. Linn Energy has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Linn Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Linn Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Inergy L.P ( NRGY), down 38.2%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 25.0%, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 20.8% and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 8.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with BP ( BP) 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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