Seadrill Ltd (SDRL): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Seadrill ( SDRL) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Seadrill fell $0.40 (-1.1%) to $35.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,476,215 shares of Seadrill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,247,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.54-$36.19 after having opened the day at $36.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.22. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 8.8%, Endeavour International ( END), down 7.6%, Warren Resources ( WRES), down 7.2% and Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), down 6.4%.

Seadrill Limited provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Floaters, Jack-up Rigs, and Tender Rigs. Seadrill has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Seadrill a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. 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, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 13.1%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 12.9%, PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), up 11.0% and BPZ Resources ( BPZ), up 9.2% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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