ConocoPhillips (COP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

ConocoPhillips ( COP) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips rose 72 cents (1.3%) to $57.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.9 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.03-$57.35 after having opened the day at $56.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.45. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), up 22.3%, Gulfport Energy Corporation ( GPOR), up 17.2%, Delek US Holdings ( DK), up 10%, and HKN ( HKN), up 7.1%.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $67.88 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.3, below the average energy industry P/E ratio of 6.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, four analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, GeoMet ( GMET), down 24.8%, Willbros Group ( WG), down 21.3%, ATP Oil & Gas ( ATPG), down 15.3%, and Geokinetics ( GOK), down 14.9%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Suncor Energy ( SU) being today's energy industry laggard.

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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