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

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Chevron ( CVX) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Chevron rose $1.53 (1.3%) to $121.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,229,171 shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,674,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $120.90-$122.12 after having opened the day at $120.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.30. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Sonde Resources ( SOQ), up 9.5%, FX Energy ( FXEN), up 8.0%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), up 7.4% and Penn Virginia Corporation ( PVA), up 7.2%.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged 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 $226.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, Compressco Partners ( GSJK), down 5.1%, PrimeEnergy ( PNRG), down 4.1%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 3.3% and Lucas Energy ( LEI), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Transocean ( RIG) 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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