HollyFrontier Corp (HFC): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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HollyFrontier ( HFC) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, HollyFrontier rose $1.26 (2.8%) to $45.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,168,288 shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,246,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.86-$45.85 after having opened the day at $45.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.36. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 18.7%, Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 12.5%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 11.7% and Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 8.4%.

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate HollyFrontier a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HollyFrontier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Genie Energy Ltd Common Stock B ( GNE), down 7.8%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 6.8%, Key Energy Services ( KEG), down 6.6% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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