Continental Resources Inc (CLR): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Continental Resources ( CLR) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Continental Resources rose $1.83 (1.8%) to $102.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 770,635 shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,005,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $100.51-$102.95 after having opened the day at $100.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.95. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Tasman Metals ( TAS), up 16.7%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 16.3%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 16.3% and Quest Rare Minerals ( QRM), up 14.3%.

Continental Resources, Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 38.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Continental Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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, Asanko Gold ( AKG), down 22.0%, Keegan Resources ( KGN), down 22.0%, L & L Energy ( LLEN), down 13.5% and McEwen Mining ( MUX), down 9.1% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's basic materials sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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