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 down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Chevron rose $1.74 (1.4%) to $125.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,596,828 shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,716,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $124.25-$126.06 after having opened the day at $124.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.99. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: Magellan Petroleum ( MPET), up 10.9%, Quicksilver Resources ( KWK), up 6.8%, Whiting USA Trust I ( WHX), up 6.4% and KiOR ( KIOR), up 5.7%.

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 $236.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), down 7.4%, New Concept Energy ( GBR), down 7.1%, Recon Technology ( RCON), down 6.9% and Sanchez Energy ( SN), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the energy industry with BP ( BP) 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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