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Bear of the Day: China Petrol (SNP)

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If you were looking for the worst place to be in the market right now, you’d probably pick the intersection of the worst two parts of the market. Arguably, those parts would be anything related to China, and anything related to the oil business. Today’s Bear of the Day perfectly sits at the intersection of these two industries.

Today’s Bear of the Day is Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) China Petrol (SNP - Free Report) . China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, engages in the oil and gas, and chemical operations and businesses in the People's Republic of China. It operates through five segments: Exploration and Production, Refining, Marketing and Distribution, Chemicals, and Corporate and Others. The company explores and develops oil fields; produces crude oil and natural gas; processes and purifies crude oil; and manufactures and sells petroleum products. It also owns and operates oil depots and service stations; and distributes and sells refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel through wholesale and retail sales networks.

The reason for the unfavorable Zacks Rank lies in the series of negative earnings estimate revisions lately. Over the course of the last few weeks, estimates for the current year and next year have come tumbling down. Our current year Zacks Consensus Estimate has gone from $9.87 to $9.68 while next year’s number has come from $10.39 to $9.59. A huge negative move which has adversely affected the stock price.

This industry is currently in the Bottom 9% of our Zacks Industry Rank. There are no stocks with a favorable rank currently. However, two stocks, Ecopetrol (EC - Free Report) and Petroleo Brasileriro (PBR - Free Report) are Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stocks.

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