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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation rose $1.22 (1.4%) to $91.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,427,615 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,174,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $90.49-$91.50 after having opened the day at $90.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.23. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 15.9%, Constellation Energy Partners ( CEP), up 11.8%, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 9.4% and Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 8.0%.
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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 $400.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% 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 negative front, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 10.3%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 8.3%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 6.1% and Oil States International ( OIS), down 4.3% , 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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