WPX Energy Inc (WPX): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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WPX Energy ( WPX) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, WPX Energy fell $1.89 (-10.0%) to $17.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,147,747 shares of WPX Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,686,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.92-$17.55 after having opened the day at $17.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.92. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.4%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 6.2%, Petrobras Argentina ( PZE), down 4.7% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 3.6%.

WPX Energy, Inc., an independent natural gas and oil exploration and production company, engages in the exploitation and development of unconventional properties. WPX Energy has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate WPX Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates WPX Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Pedevco ( PED), up 13.5%, Tetra Technologies ( TTI), up 12.6%, Forbes Energy Services ( FES), up 9.6% and Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 8.0% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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