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Occidental Petroleum Corporation



) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation rose $1.02 (1.2%) to $83.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.17-$83.66 after having opened the day at $82.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.58. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

U.S. Energy



), up 22.1%,

Syntroleum Corporation



), up 17.2%,

GeoPetro Resources Company


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), up 10.4%, and

Bellatrix Exploration



), up 8.8%.

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing, and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $66.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

BMB Munai



), down 16.3%,

Gasco Energy



), down 9.6%,

New Concept Energy



), down 5.7%, and

GeoGlobal Resources



), down 5.6%, were all laggards within the energy industry with

Western Refining



) being today's energy industry laggard.

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Energy Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider

Proshares Short Oil & Gas




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