Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR.A): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) 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, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras rose $0.32 (2.0%) to $16.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,963,995 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,955,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $16.21-$16.60 after having opened the day at $16.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.06. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 18.4%, Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 16.1%, Isramco ( ISRL), up 10.4% and Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 6.3%.

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 $102.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 11.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 10.0%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 9.9% and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 9.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) 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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