YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF): Today's Featured Basic Materials Winner

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YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) pushed the Basic Materials sector higher today making it today's featured basic materials winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima rose $2.66 (11.6%) to $25.68 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,768,156 shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,315,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.29-$26.28 after having opened the day at $23.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.02. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that increased today were: Augusta Resource Corporation ( AZC), up 7.6%, China Gerui Advanced Materials Group ( CHOP), up 6.0%, General Steel Holdings ( GSI), up 5.0% and Petrobras Argentina ( PZE), up 4.9%.

YPF SOCIEDAD ANONIMA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $9.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Quaterra Resources ( QMM), down 14.8%, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), down 14.8%, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), down 14.7% and Golden Minerals ( AUMN), down 14.6% , were all laggards within the basic materials sector with Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) 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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