Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Cheniere Energy ( LNG) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Cheniere Energy rose $1.68 (5.3%) to $33.06 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,933,131 shares of Cheniere Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,859,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.37-$33.25 after having opened the day at $31.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.38. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 14.5%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 13.0%, Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), up 10.7% and Lake Shore Gold ( LSG), up 8.0%.

Cheniere Energy, Inc., an energy company, engages in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) related business. It operates through two segments, LNG Terminal Business, and LNG and Natural Gas Marketing Business. Cheniere Energy has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 67.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cheniere Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cheniere Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, L & L Energy ( LLEN), down 20.0%, Rare Element Resources ( REE), down 16.0%, Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), down 13.0% and Tasman Metals ( TAS), down 11.5% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Range Resources Corporation ( RRC) 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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