Chevron

(

CVX

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Chevron rose $1.62 (1.7%) to $97.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.6 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95.75-$98.05 after having opened the day at $95.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.77. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Willbros Group Inc

(

WG

), up 15.5%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), up 8.6%,

Quicksilver Resources Inc

(

KWK

), up 8.2%, and

TGC Industries Inc

(

TGE

), up 7.8%.

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 $183.79 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Recovery Energy Inc

(

RECV

), down 14.6%,

Samson Oil & Gas

(

SSN

), down 11.8%,

Transocean

(

RIG

), down 9.4%, and

Zion Oil & Gas Inc

(

ZN

), down 9%, were all losers within the energy industry with

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

) being today's energy industry loser.

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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