Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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, Anadarko Petroleum rose $2.32 (2.6%) to $91.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,099,366 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,923,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.45-$91.94 after having opened the day at $90.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.20. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 12.6%, TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), up 12.1%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 7.7% and Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 7.7%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $44.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 34.4%, Delek US Holdings ( DK), down 6.4%, VAALCO Energy ( EGY), down 4.7% and GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the energy industry with National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) 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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