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Talisman Energy ( TLM) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Talisman Energy rose $0.56 (4.6%) to $12.75 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,158,485 shares of Talisman Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,717,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $12.02-$12.81 after having opened the day at $12.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.19. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), up 25.1%, WSP Holdings ( WH), up 6.4%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 5.8% and Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), up 5.5%.

Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Talisman Energy has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Talisman Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Talisman Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.0%, CKX Lands ( CKX), down 8.2%, Forest Oil ( FST), down 7.8% and ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Phillips 66 ( PSX) 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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