Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Canadian Natural Resources rose $0.53 (1.6%) to $33.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,179,075 shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,910,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.04-$34.00 after having opened the day at $33.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.41. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), up 12.2%, NuStar GP Holdings ( NSH), up 11.4%, Recon Technology ( RCON), up 6.0% and Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), up 5.7%.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $35.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Bill Barrett Corporation ( BBG), down 16.9%, Hercules Offshore ( HERO), down 7.9%, Tidewater ( TDW), down 7.1% and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) 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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