Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

Kinder Morgan ( KMI) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kinder Morgan fell $0.56 (-1.4%) to $39.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,886,668 shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,527,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.59-$40.45 after having opened the day at $40.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.31. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Cubic Energy ( QBC), down 33.3%, Exterran Partners L.P ( EXLP), down 7.0%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 6.7% and EQT Midstream Partners ( EQM), down 6.1%.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Products Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and Other. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $41.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), up 38.7%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 13.3%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), up 12.2% and Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 10.9% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) 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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