EOG Resources (EOG): Today's Featured Energy Laggard

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EOG Resources ( EOG) pushed the Energy industry lower today making it today's featured Energy laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, EOG Resources fell $2.57 (-1.5%) to $164.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,636,810 shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,918,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $163.54-$166.16 after having opened the day at $165.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $167.22. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: Recon Technology ( RCON), down 11.7%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 7.7%, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 6.9% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 6.8%.

EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil and natural gas. EOG Resources has a market cap of $44.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate EOG Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EOG Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 31.9%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), up 9.8%, Lucas Energy ( LEI), up 9.4% and Mexco Energy Corporation ( MXC), up 8.5% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) being today's featured energy industry leader.

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