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Hess

(

HES

) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Hess rose 97 cents (1.9%) to $50.84 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Hess exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.94-$51.14 after having opened the day at $50.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.87. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

Magellan Petroleum Corporation

(

MPET

), up 29.6%,

Gasco Energy

(

GSX

), up 14.2%,

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), up 9.2%, and

Sanchez Energy

(

SN

), up 8.4%.

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Hess Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production (E&P) and Marketing and Refining (M&R). Hess has a market cap of $17.14 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Hess a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hess as a

hold

. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Geokinetics

(

GOK

), down 17.1%,

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty

(

BPT

), down 8.7%,

Dejour Energy

(

DEJ

), down 7.9%, and

Equal Energy

(

EQU

), down 7.9%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Southwestern Energy Company

(

SWN

) 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

(

XLE

) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas

(

DDG

).

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