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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation rose $1.21 (1.4%) to $89.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,394,310 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,995,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.94-$89.49 after having opened the day at $88.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.09. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 9.2%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 8.3%, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 7.7% and Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 7.5%.
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Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $390.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

On the negative front, Gasco Energy ( GSX), down 15.2%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 8.6%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 7.4% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 7.4% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) 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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