The energy industry closed the day up 3.1%. ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), Isramco Inc ( ISRL), Clayton Williams Energy Inc ( CWEI), and Abraxas Petroleum Corporation ( AXAS) were all winners today within the energy industry with Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) being today's featured energy winner. Exxon Mobil Corporation rose $1.74 (2.3%) to $78.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 16.6 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.6 million shares.

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 $375.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil 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, robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Cano Petroleum Inc ( CFW), FieldPoint Petroleum Corporation ( FPP), Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), and Royale Energy Inc ( ROYL) were all losers within the energy industry with Ivanhoe Energy Inc ( IVAN) being today's energy industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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