Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Enterprise Products Partners fell $0.80 (-1.3%) to $59.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 942,512 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,232,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.79-$59.95 after having opened the day at $59.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.96. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 7.1%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 6.0%, Petrobras Argentina ( PZE), down 5.8% and KiOR ( KIOR), down 4.8%.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 positive front, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 26.5%, Midstates Petroleum ( MPO), up 14.4%, Linn Energy ( LINE), up 12.8% and LinnCo ( LNCO), up 12.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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