3. As of noon trading, Hess ( HES) is up $1.88 (2.6%) to $73.49 on average volume Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Hess exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.36-$74.06 after having opened the day at $71.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.61. Hess Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an independent energy company worldwide. It operates in two segments, Exploration and Production (E&P), and Marketing and Refining (M&R). Hess has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Hess a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates Hess 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, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Hess Ratings Report now. Exclusive Offer: Jim Cramer's 'go-to' small/mid-cap guru Bryan Ashenberg only buys stocks he thinks could return 50-100%. See his top picks for 14-days FREE.