Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.7%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation rose $1.22 (1.4%) to $87.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.4 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.08-$88.20 after having opened the day at $87.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.45. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Emerald Oil ( EOX), up 276.6%, Energy Services of America Corporation ( ESA), up 28.6%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 23.1%, and Isramco ( ISRL), up 13.6%.
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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 $392.74 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, 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 has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 10.3%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 8.8%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 8.4%, and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 6.7%, were all laggards within the energy industry with InterOil Corporation ( IOC) 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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