HollyFrontier Corp (HFC): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

HollyFrontier ( HFC) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, HollyFrontier fell $2.04 (-4.8%) to $40.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,361,958 shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,585,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $40.50-$42.82 after having opened the day at $42.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.78. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 88.9%, Tengasco ( TGC), down 6.8%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 5.2% and KiOR ( KIOR), down 5.1%.

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, 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 Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate HollyFrontier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HollyFrontier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, GMX Resources ( GMXRQ), up 11.8%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 11.0%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 10.3% and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 7.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) 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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