PDC Energy ( PDCE) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, PDC Energy fell $0.58 (-1.0%) to $55.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 623,938 shares of PDC Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 540,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.56-$55.92 after having opened the day at $54.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.23. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: FX Energy ( FXEN), down 15.2%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 11.4%, NGL Energy Partners ( NGL), down 7.2% and Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 6.5%.

PDC Energy, Inc. acquires, explores, develops, and produces natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, and Gas Marketing. PDC Energy has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 70.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate PDC Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PDC Energy as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 30.2%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 26.7%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 12.6% and Willbros Group ( WG), up 12.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) 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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