Suncor Energy Inc (SU): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Suncor Energy ( SU) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Suncor Energy rose $0.68 (2.0%) to $35.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,178,975 shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,086,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.80-$35.43 after having opened the day at $34.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.54. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), up 12.7%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 9.0%, Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 7.7% and Jones Energy Inc Class A ( JONE), up 7.6%.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $51.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income 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 negative front, Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), down 16.3%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 13.4%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 4.7% and Buckeye Partners L.P ( BPL), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Nabors Industries ( NBR) 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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