Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP) 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, Energy Transfer Partners L.P rose $0.59 (1.1%) to $52.02 on light volume. Throughout the day, 636,846 shares of Energy Transfer Partners L.P exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,370,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.35-$52.27 after having opened the day at $51.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.43. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 75.0%, Apco Oil and Gas International ( APAGF), up 7.8%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 7.2% and Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 6.8%.

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. engages in the natural gas midstream, and intrastate transportation and storage businesses in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners L.P has a market cap of $19.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Energy Transfer Partners L.P a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Partners L.P as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 14.2%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 12.1%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 6.5% and Swift Energy Company ( SFY), down 4.8% , were all laggards within the energy industry with EOG Resources ( EOG) 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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