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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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation rose $1.40 (1.6%) to $89.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,738,039 shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,668,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.18-$89.89 after having opened the day at $88.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.86. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were:

GeoPetro Resources Company



), up 31.6%,

Oil States International



), up 16.8%,

GulfMark Offshore



), up 6.6% and

Suncor Energy



), up 6.4%.

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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 $68.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a


. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

BMB Munai



), down 12.6%,

Torch Energy Royalty



), down 11.1%,

CKX Lands



), down 6.8% and

Ivanhoe Energy



), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the energy industry with

Marathon Petroleum



) 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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