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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation rose $2.04 (2.4%) to $88.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,593,964 shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,081,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $86.14-$88.40 after having opened the day at $86.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.12. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Gastar Exploration ( GST), up 10.4%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), up 10.1%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), up 9.3% and BPZ Resources ( BPZ), up 9.1%.

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 $68.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 12.7%, Double Eagle Petroleum Company ( DBLE), down 6.5%, Lone Pine Resources ( LPR), down 6.0% and Syntroleum Corporation ( SYNM), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Dril-Quip ( DRQ) 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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