The energy industry closed the day up 0.2%. Mission NewEnergy ( MNEL), GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), Cheniere Energy Partners ( CQP), and Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF) were all winners today within the energy industry with Chevron ( CVX) being today's featured energy winner. Chevron rose $1.15 (1.1%) to $103.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8.6 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.5 million shares.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $206.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of nine, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Newfield Exploration Company ( NFX), Magellan Petroleum Corporation ( MPET), Cano Petroleum Inc ( CFW), and WSP Holdings ( WH) were all losers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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