Encana Corp (ECA): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Encana ( ECA) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Encana rose $0.42 (2.1%) to $20.49 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,481,144 shares of Encana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,082,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $20.06-$20.52 after having opened the day at $20.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.07. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 25.3%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 20.3%, Tengasco ( TGC), up 14.2% and Camac Energy ( CAK), up 12.7%.

Encana Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids in Canada and the United States. Encana has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Encana a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Encana as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), down 5.6%, Laredo Petroleum ( LPI), down 5.2%, Callon Petroleum ( CPE), down 4.9% and Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Williams Companies ( WMB) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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