ConocoPhillips (COP): Today's Featured Energy Loser

ConocoPhillips ( COP) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips fell 86 cents (-1.2%) to $71.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.1 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $70.53-$72.22 after having opened the day at $72.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.88. Other company's within the Energy industry that declined today were: SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), down 9.1%, Hess ( HES), down 7%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 6.4%, and Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 4.9%.

ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company primarily in the United States, Australia, Canada, Norway, Russia, and the United Kingdom. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $92.08 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 8.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, GeoResources ( GEOI), up 18.7%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 17.5%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 10.4%, and GeoGlobal Resources ( GGR), up 9.4%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Schlumberger ( SLB) being today's featured energy industry winner.

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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