Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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, Anadarko Petroleum rose $1.24 (1.3%) to $94.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,484,212 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,751,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.38-$94.70 after having opened the day at $93.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.44. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 30.0%, Kimber Resources ( KBX), up 14.5%, Kimber Resources ( KBXR), up 14.5% and Pacific Ethanol ( PEIX), up 12.4%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $47.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 27.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.0%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 11.1%, Vista Gold Corporation ( VGZ), down 6.6% and Cardero Resources Corporation ( CDY), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG) 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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