BP PLC (BP): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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BP ( BP) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, BP fell $0.68 (-1.4%) to $49.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,972,913 shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,200,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.90-$49.35 after having opened the day at $49.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.72. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), down 7.4%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.1%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 6.9% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), down 6.5%.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products worldwide. BP has a market cap of $168.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Magellan Petroleum ( MPET), up 10.9%, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 6.8%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 6.4% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 5.7% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) 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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