Chevron Corp (CVX): Today's Featured Basic Materials Laggard

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Chevron ( CVX) pushed the Basic Materials sector lower today making it today's featured Basic Materials laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, Chevron fell $1.22 (-1.0%) to $118.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,304,778 shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,600,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $118.52-$120.00 after having opened the day at $119.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.88. Other companies within the Basic Materials sector that declined today were: Cobalt International Energy ( CIE), down 15.2%, Renewable Energy Group ( REGI), down 14.8%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 12.4% and Flexible Solutions International ( FSI), down 12.1%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $232.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Ossen Innovation ( OSN), up 42.8%, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 19.3%, Crosshair Energy ( CXZ), up 14.3% and Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), up 13.8%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the basic materials sector could consider Materials Select Sector SPDR ( XLB) while those bearish on the basic materials sector could consider ProShares Short Basic Materials Fd ( SBM).

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