Statoil ASA (STO): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Statoil ASA ( STO) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Statoil ASA rose $0.30 (1.4%) to $21.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,542,578 shares of Statoil ASA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,781,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.58-$21.82 after having opened the day at $21.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.50. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 32.2%, Willbros Group ( WG), up 19.6%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 14.0% and Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 9.6%.

Statoil ASA, an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally. Statoil ASA has a market cap of $67.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Statoil ASA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Statoil ASA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 27.3%, GMX Resources ( GMXRQ), down 13.2%, SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), down 11.1% and Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), down 9.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Transocean ( RIG) 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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