With the Dow Jones Industrial Average having outperformed ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) by about 8% over the last three months, is Exxon still the stock you want to turn to when you want energy exposure in your portfolio? In the following video, Motley Fool energy analyst Joel South gives us a few reasons why both Exxon's growth and its yield may be lacking right now, and points energy investors toward some of the smaller players instead, ones that can offer the same exposure, but also a higher growth rate and a nicer dividend.

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