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3 Stocks Boosting The Energy Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 16,894 as of Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,379 issues advancing vs. 1,581 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Valero Energy ( VLO), up 1.5%, and Ecopetrol ( EC), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 2.5%, Chevron ( CVX), down 1.4%, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 1.0%, Schlumberger ( SLB), down 1.0% and EOG Resources ( EOG), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $0.48 (0.6%) to $86.55 on average volume. Thus far, 224,762 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 597,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.47-$86.94 after having opened the day at $86.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.07.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $278.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE) is up $0.77 (1.4%) to $57.69 on light volume. Thus far, 313,766 shares of Energy Transfer Equity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.62-$57.75 after having opened the day at $56.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.92.

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., through its subsidiaries, provides diversified energy-related services in the Unites States. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. Energy Transfer Equity has a market cap of $31.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 39.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Energy Transfer Equity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Equity as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Energy Transfer Equity Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $1.75 (2.3%) to $79.16 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.93-$79.57 after having opened the day at $78.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.41.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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