Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation fell $1.03 (-1.2%) to $86.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,723,658 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,733,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $86.78-$87.87 after having opened the day at $87.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.91. Other companies within the Energy industry 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 InterOil Corporation ( IOC), down 11.7%.

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 $388.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 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 attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 positive front, Harvest Natural Resources ( HNR), up 19.3%, Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), up 13.8%, Zion Oil & Gas ( ZN), up 12.5% and Pyramid Oil Company ( PDO), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Cheniere Energy ( LNG) 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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