EOG Resources Inc (EOG): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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EOG Resources ( EOG) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, EOG Resources rose $1.44 (1.4%) to $102.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,235,385 shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,064,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $100.84-$102.84 after having opened the day at $100.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.01. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: FX Energy ( FXEN), up 13.9%, Triangle Petroleum ( TPLM), up 10.1%, Warren Resources ( WRES), up 7.5% and Midstates Petroleum ( MPO), up 7.5%.

EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas. EOG Resources has a market cap of $55.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate EOG Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Samson Oil & Gas ( SSN), down 18.0%, Dejour Energy ( DEJ), down 15.2%, Houston American Energy Corporation ( HUSA), down 9.8% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 5.6% , were all laggards within the energy industry with Phillips 66 ( PSX) 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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