Weatherford International Ltd (WFT): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Weatherford International ( WFT) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Weatherford International rose $2.06 (11.2%) to $20.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 36,849,465 shares of Weatherford International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,343,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.61-$20.58 after having opened the day at $20.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.41. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 30.6%, Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), up 8.7%, Houston American Energy ( HUSA), up 6.4% and Newpark Resources ( NR), up 5.5%.

Weatherford International Ltd. provides equipment and services used in the drilling, evaluation, completion, production, and intervention of oil and natural gas wells worldwide. Weatherford International has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Weatherford International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weatherford International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Rocket Fuel ( FUEL), down 11.9%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 7.2%, MagneGas ( MNGA), down 7.1% and Warren Resources ( WRES), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Devon Energy ( DVN) 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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