Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation rose $1.54 (1.6%) to $96.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,339,887 shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,421,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $94.06-$96.50 after having opened the day at $94.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.70. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 9.9%, Goodrich Petroleum ( GDP), up 8.8%, Saratoga Resources ( SARA), up 7.9% and Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 7.8%.

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 $410.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, KiOR ( KIOR), down 18.4%, Andatee China Marine Fuel Services Corporat ( AMCF), down 6.8%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), down 5.8% and Adams Resources & Energy ( AE), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) 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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