Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation fell 63 cents (-0.8%) to $79.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 14.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.38-$80.46 after having opened the day at $80.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.16. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were:

Blue Dolphin Energy Company

(

BDCO

), down 13.9%,

Delta Petroleum Corporation

(

DPTR

), down 12.2%,

GeoGlobal Resources

(

GGR

), down 10%, and

GMX Resources

(

GMXR

), down 9.2%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $383.6 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation 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 attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

Cano Petroleum

(

CFW

), up 11%,

New Concept Energy

(

GBR

), up 4.3%,

PrimeEnergy

(

PNRG

), up 4%, and

Pacific Drilling

(

PACD

), up 4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with

Enbridge

(

ENB

) 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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