ConocoPhillips

(

COP

) 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, ConocoPhillips fell $1.40 (-2.6%) to $53.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.5 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.84-$54.60 after having opened the day at $54.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.64. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Cubic Energy

(

QBC

), down 10%,

Weatherford International

(

WFT

), down 8.8%,

Energy Services of America Corporation

(

ESA

), down 8.2%, and

Whiting USA Trust I

(

WHX

), down 7.8%.

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ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $70.8 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of six, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front,

Recovery Energy

(

RECV

), up 20%,

NGL Energy Partners

(

NGL

), up 12.6%,

Isramco

(

ISRL

), up 7.4%, and

PostRock Energy

(

PSTR

), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

) 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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