Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation rose $0.97 (1.1%) to $89.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,190,815 shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,854,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $87.90-$89.18 after having opened the day at $87.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.20. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 32.3%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), up 13.2%, Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 8.5% and Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), up 6.1%.
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Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $71.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, BMB Munai ( BMBM), down 34.3%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), down 8.6%, Willbros Group ( WG), down 8.6% and VAALCO Energy ( EGY), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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