Cheniere Energy Inc (LNG): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Cheniere Energy ( LNG) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Cheniere Energy fell $1.15 (-2.6%) to $43.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,931,046 shares of Cheniere Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,579,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.57-$45.45 after having opened the day at $44.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.90. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), down 4.8%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 4.6%, Cross Timbers Royalty ( CRT), down 3.9% and Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), down 3.5%.

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 $10.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 139.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, KiOR ( KIOR), up 15.3%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 10.7%, Solazyme ( SZYM), up 7.9% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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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