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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation fell $0.98 (-1.0%) to $93.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,834,539 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,175,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $93.13-$95.30 after having opened the day at $94.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.71. Other companies within the Energy industry that declined today were: MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 8.1%, Delek US Holdings ( DK), down 6.9%, ION Geophysical Corporation ( IO), down 6.5% and American Eagle Energy ( AMZG), down 6.1%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $407.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Global Geophysical Services ( GGS), up 24.6%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), up 18.9%, WSP Holdings ( WH), up 15.4% and Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 13.6% , were all gainers within the energy industry with Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) 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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