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) 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 56 cents (0.5%) to $109.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.6 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of seven million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $108.76-$109.93 after having opened the day at $108.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.26. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Forest Oil



), up 8.1%,

ATP Oil & Gas



), up 7.9%,

CKX Lands



), up 7.1%, and

Lone Pine Resources



), up 6.8%.

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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 $213.58 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Lufkin Industries



), down 21.4%,

TGC Industries



), down 17.1%,

Recovery Energy



), down 11.3%, and

WSP Holdings



), down 7.4%, were all laggards within the energy industry with




) being today's energy industry laggard.

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



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas