Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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, Anadarko Petroleum rose $1.21 (1.2%) to $100.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,442,308 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,290,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $98.96-$101.29 after having opened the day at $99.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.98. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Magellan Petroleum ( MPET), up 10.8%, Synergy Resources ( SYRG), up 7.6%, Clayton Williams Energy ( CWEI), up 7.3% and Petroquest Energy ( PQ), up 6.9%.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is engaged in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Midstream; and Marketing. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $50.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), down 16.9%, Core Laboratories ( CLB), down 9.2%, MagneGas ( MNGA), down 6.7% and Bolt Technology ( BOLT), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the energy industry with EOG Resources ( EOG) 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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