Energy XXI (Bermuda) Ltd (EXXI): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

Energy XXI ( EXXI) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Energy XXI fell $0.59 (-2.4%) to $23.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,606,013 shares of Energy XXI exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,222,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $23.62-$24.78 after having opened the day at $24.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.50. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 18.8%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 9.1%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 5.4% and Miller Energy Resources ( MILL), down 4.6%.

Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of oil and natural gas properties onshore in Louisiana and Texas, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Energy XXI has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Energy XXI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy XXI as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 29.3%, EV Energy Partner ( EVEP), up 7.9%, Cal Dive International ( DVR), up 7.0% and NuStar GP Holdings ( NSH), up 7.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) 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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