YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima fell $1.24 (-4.2%) to $28.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 955,205 shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,143,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.10-$29.59 after having opened the day at $29.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.42. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: KiOR ( KIOR), down 16.0%, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), down 13.3%, Stone Energy ( SGY), down 11.0% and Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), down 6.5%.

YPF Sociedad Anonima, an energy company, is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Forest Oil ( FST), up 13.4%, Swift Energy ( SFY), up 8.7%, Enservco ( ENSV), up 7.6% and Emerge Energy Services ( EMES), up 7.3% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) 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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