Chevron Corp (CVX): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Chevron ( CVX) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Chevron rose $1.45 (1.2%) to $123.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,363,426 shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,700,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $122.46-$123.91 after having opened the day at $122.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $122.04. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 23.9%, CGG Veritas ( CGV), up 12.5%, Halcon Resources ( HK), up 11.1% and Parker Drilling Company ( PKD), up 9.1%.
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Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $233.1 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 12.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 5.3%, Eagle Rock Energy Partners ( EROC), down 4.8%, Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 4.5% and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 3.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) 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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