Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell $0.43 (-2.6%) to $15.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,538,023 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19,035,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.84-$16.41 after having opened the day at $16.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.37. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Dawson Geophysical Company ( DWSN), down 13.6%, TransAtlantic Petroleum ( TAT), down 12.9%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 10.0% and PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), down 8.6%.

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 $101.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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 positive front, SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), up 93.5%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 22.8%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 14.1% and Tengasco ( TGC), up 8.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Oasis Petroleum ( OAS) 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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