ConocoPhillips

(

COP

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 3%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips fell $1.21 (-1.8%) to $66.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.5 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.93-$67.76 after having opened the day at $67.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.14. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

InterOil Corporation

(

IOC

), down 14.4%,

GMX Resources Inc

(

GMXR

), down 11.9%,

Hercules Offshore Inc

(

HERO

), down 10%, and

Parker Drilling Company

(

PKD

), down 9.9%.

ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company worldwide. The company's Exploration and Production (E&P) segment explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $91.41 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a

buy

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

On the positive front,

Royale Energy Inc

(

ROYL

), up 17.3%,

HKN Inc

(

HKN

), up 10.2%,

Energy Services of America Corporation

(

ESA

), up 7.9%, and

Blue Dolphin Energy Company

(

BDCO

), up 5.3%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Nexen Inc

(

NXY

) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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