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 closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation rose $1.33 (1.5%) to $91.27 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,820,181 shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,119,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $90.14-$91.67 after having opened the day at $90.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.94. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), up 11.4%, Callon Petroleum ( CPE), up 7.1%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 7.0% and SandRidge Energy ( SD), up 6.6%.

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 $72.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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, increase in stock price during the past year 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, Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), down 5.9%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), down 4.5%, CVR Energy ( CVI), down 4.1% and Genesis Energy ( GEL), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Phillips 66 ( PSX) 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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