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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras fell $0.21 (-1.6%) to $13.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 30,511,705 shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,179,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.84-$13.35 after having opened the day at $13.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.35. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: KiOR ( KIOR), down 11.6%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 8.3%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 5.8% and Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), down 5.5%.

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 $86.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 14.5%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 14.1%, Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), up 10.4% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) 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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