Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell $0.32 (-2.2%) to $13.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 23,296,126 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,635,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.90-$14.75 after having opened the day at $14.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.28. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 16.0%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), down 15.5%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 12.0% and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 10.5%.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $90.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 30.6%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 26.3%, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 24.4% and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 22.8% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Silver Wheaton Corporation ( SLW) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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