Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Chevron

(

CVX

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Chevron fell $3.31 (-2.9%) to $109.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.5 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $109.10-$111.58 after having opened the day at $111.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $112.74. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Cal Dive International

(

DVR

), down 12.2%,

Dejour Energy

(

DEJ

), down 8.9%,

Alon USA Energy

(

ALJ

), down 8.4%, and

Lone Pine Resources

(

LPR

), down 8.1%.

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Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $222.47 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a

buy

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

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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