Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (PBR): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell $0.31 (-2.7%) to $11.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 17,119,597 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,079,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.12-$11.47 after having opened the day at $11.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.51. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 12.6%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), down 8.8%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 7.5% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), down 7.0%.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $75.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 16.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, EPL Oil & Gas ( EPL), up 9.3%, Pedevco ( PED), up 8.8%, Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), up 8.6% and U.S. Energy ( USEG), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) 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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