BP PLC (BP): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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BP ( BP) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, BP fell $0.50 (-1.1%) to $47.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,914,532 shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,623,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.06-$47.65 after having opened the day at $47.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.75. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 8.0%, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), down 8.0%, Tengasco ( TGC), down 7.6% and New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.4%.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $151.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 11.6%, Petrobras Argentina ( PZE), up 4.9%, MPLX ( MPLX), up 3.6% and Ferrellgas Partners ( FGP), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Transocean ( RIG) 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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