ConocoPhillips (COP): Today's Featured Energy Winner

ConocoPhillips ( COP) 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, ConocoPhillips rose $0.73 (1.2%) to $63.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,427,523 shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,434,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.31-$63.21 after having opened the day at $62.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.31. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 23.3%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 14.1%, PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), up 13.1% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), up 10.4%.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $75.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.7%, World Fuel Services Corporation ( INT), down 5.8%, Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), down 5.3% and Solazyme ( SZYM), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) 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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