ConocoPhillips

(

COP

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips rose 42 cents (0.8%) to $52.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8.4 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.97-$52.12 after having opened the day at $51.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.67. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 39.5%,

HyperDynamics Corporation

(

HDY

), up 17.4%,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), up 14.3%, and

GeoMet

(

GMET

), up 12.9%.

ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company primarily in the United States, Australia, Canada, Norway, Russia, and the United Kingdom. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $65.47 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.7, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, three 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 shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

GeoPetro Resources Company

(

GPR

), down 15.3%,

Tri-Valley Corporation

(

TIV

), down 8.9%,

PrimeEnergy

(

PNRG

), down 6.8%, and

Hugoton Royalty

(

HGT

), down 6.7%, were all losers within the energy industry with

Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) 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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