Seadrill Ltd (SDRL): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Seadrill ( SDRL) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Seadrill rose $0.91 (2.1%) to $44.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,454,935 shares of Seadrill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,508,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.54-$44.25 after having opened the day at $43.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.26. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 12.7%, Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), up 10.7%, Dril-Quip ( DRQ), up 8.0% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 6.1%.

Seadrill Limited provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Floaters, Jack-up Rigs, and Tender Rigs. Seadrill has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Seadrill a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 25.3%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 8.9%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 8.1% and Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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