Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Energy Transfer Equity fell $0.90 (-2.0%) to $43.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 834,731 shares of Energy Transfer Equity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,739,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.02-$44.28 after having opened the day at $44.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.04. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Silvercorp Metals ( SVM), down 12.7%, Atlatsa Resources ( ATL), down 8.5%, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), down 5.5% and Forbes Energy Services ( FES), down 5.5%.

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., through its subsidiaries, provides diversified energy-related services in the United States. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. Energy Transfer Equity has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Energy Transfer Equity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Equity as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Synthesis Energy Sys ( SYMX), up 28.0%, Mines Management ( MGN), up 25.0%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 23.0% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 21.8% , were all gainers within the basic materials sector with ConocoPhillips ( COP) 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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