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 0.3%. By the end of trading, ConocoPhillips fell $0.80 (-1.1%) to $69.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,744,416 shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,682,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.30-$69.92 after having opened the day at $69.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.31. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 25.0%, Ivanhoe Energy ( IVAN), down 6.6%, Endeavour International ( END), down 5.6% and Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), down 5.6%.

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 $86.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 21.4% 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 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 23.7%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), up 12.9%, Recon Technology ( RCON), up 9.1% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) 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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