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

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, Anadarko Petroleum fell $2.52 (-3.1%) to $78.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,344,852 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,710,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.15-$81.37 after having opened the day at $80.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.69. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: James River Coal Company ( JRCC), down 19.1%, Sutor Technology Group ( SUTR), down 12.1%, FX Energy ( FXEN), down 10.3% and China Natural Resources ( CHNR), down 9.5%.

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 $41.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the positive front, Minco Gold Corporation ( MGH), up 11.9%, Golden Star Resources ( GSS), up 8.2%, Timberline Resources Corporation ( TLR), up 7.7% and Avino Silver & Gold Mines ( ASM), up 7.1% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Anglogold Ashanti ( AU) being today's featured basic materials sector leader.

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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