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Talisman Energy ( TLM) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Talisman Energy fell $0.12 (-1.1%) to $10.73 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,690,763 shares of Talisman Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,989,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $10.68-$10.82 after having opened the day at $10.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.85. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: GSE ( GSE), down 10.0%, Lilis Energy ( LLEX), down 9.3%, Intrepid Potash ( IPI), down 8.8% and Entree Gold ( EGI), down 7.8%.

Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Talisman Energy has a market cap of $11.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Talisman Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Talisman Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

On the positive front, China Gengsheng Minerals ( CHGS), up 24.7%, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 19.2%, USEC ( USU), up 17.4% and Tanzanian Royalty Exploration Corporation ( TRX), up 16.1% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with Phillips 66 ( PSX) 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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