Halliburton Company (HAL): Today's Featured Energy Winner

Halliburton Company ( HAL) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Halliburton Company rose $0.46 (1.0%) to $44.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,118,880 shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,346,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.97-$44.67 after having opened the day at $44.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.18. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: InterOil Corporation ( IOC), up 10.1%, BPZ Resources ( BPZ), up 5.1%, Alon USA Partners ( ALDW), up 4.9% and Western Refining ( WNR), up 4.2%.

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 27.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Gastar Exploration ( GST), down 5.5%, Linn Energy ( LINE), down 4.6%, EPL Oil & Gas ( EPL), down 4.4% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 3.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) 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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