Chevron Corp (CVX): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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Chevron ( CVX) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Chevron fell $2.58 (-2.1%) to $118.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 10,167,374 shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,013,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $117.93-$120.66 after having opened the day at $120.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.83. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: GeoPetro Resources Company ( GPR), down 26.2%, KiOR ( KIOR), down 7.8%, ZaZa Energy ( ZAZA), down 7.6% and Recovery Energy ( RECV), down 5.5%.

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 $240.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 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, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), up 14.5%, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 10.1%, CKX Lands ( CKX), up 8.4% and Resolute Energy ( REN), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Tesoro Corporation ( TSO) 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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