BP PLC (BP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

BP ( BP) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, BP rose $0.47 (1.1%) to $42.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,799,415 shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,626,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.88-$42.27 after having opened the day at $41.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.65. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 12.6%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), up 10.9%, Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 8.7% and Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), up 7.6%.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $130.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 10.7%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 6.9%, Nabors Industries ( NBR), down 6.3% and Alon USA Partners ( ALDW), down 6.0% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Apache Corporation ( APA) 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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