Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation fell $1.62 (-1.8%) to $90.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,685,932 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,092,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $90.46-$92.37 after having opened the day at $91.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.09. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 8.9%, HyperDynamics Corporation ( HDY), down 7.8%, Emerald Oil ( EOX), down 7.1% and Endeavour International ( END), down 6.9%.
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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 $411.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 21.1%, Torch Energy Royalty ( TRU), down 20.0%, Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), down 14.8% and Sonde Resources ( SOQ), down 8.6% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Western Refining ( WNR) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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