Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Murphy Oil Corporation ( MUR) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Murphy Oil Corporation rose $1.16 (1.8%) to $64.12 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,568,238 shares of Murphy Oil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,503,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.88-$64.48 after having opened the day at $63.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.96. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), up 17.7%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), up 14.5%, Cubic Energy ( QBC), up 14.2% and Endeavour International ( END), up 8.7%.
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Murphy Oil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties worldwide. It is also involved in oil and gas refining and marketing activities. The company explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Murphy Oil Corporation has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Murphy Oil Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Murphy Oil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 8.3%, CKX Lands ( CKX), down 8.0%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 6.7% and Martin Midstream Partners L.P ( MMLP), down 6.1% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Baker Hughes ( BHI) 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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