Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose $0.91 (7.4%) to $13.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 34,098,549 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,475,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.56-$13.29 after having opened the day at $12.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.29. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: BPZ Resources ( BPZ), up 13.8%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 10.8%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 7.7% and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 7.0%.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $80.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 36.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 6.1%, Endeavour International ( END), down 5.5%, Penn Virginia Corporation ( PVA), down 5.4% and Vantage Drilling ( VTG), down 5.1% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Range Resources Corporation ( RRC) 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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