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4 Energy Stocks Pushing The Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Continental Resources ( CLR), up 2.0%, and Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD), up 1.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include El Paso Pipeline Partners ( EPB), down 8.9%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 2.1%, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 1.4%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.5% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Linn Energy ( LINE) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Linn Energy is up $1.31 (4.4%) to $31.37 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Linn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.50-$31.45 after having opened the day at $30.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.06.

Linn Energy, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties. Linn Energy has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Linn Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Linn Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Linn Energy Ratings Report now.

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