ConocoPhillips (COP): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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ConocoPhillips ( COP) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips fell $0.73 (-1.1%) to $66.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,475,250 shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,215,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.06-$66.52 after having opened the day at $66.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.83. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 16.0%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 12.0%, GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 10.5% and Chesapeake Granite Wash ( CHKR), down 7.2%.

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 $82.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), up 18.8%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 12.5%, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), up 10.5% and Matador Resources ( MTDR), up 9.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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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