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

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Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation fell $1.03 (-1.2%) to $87.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11.5 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $87.57-$88.49 after having opened the day at $88.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.96. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Saratoga Resources ( SARA), down 9.2%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 8%, Western Refining ( WNR), down 6.5%, and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 6.4%.
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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 $403.73 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% 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 seven 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Tengasco ( TGC), up 15.4%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 11.3%, Camac Energy ( CAK), up 9.2%, and GMX Resources ( GMXR), up 8.2%, were all gainers within the energy industry with Kinder Morgan ( KMI) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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