All three major indices are trading up today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 17,560 as of Monday, March 28, 2016, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,693 issues advancing vs. 1,250 declining with 166 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that increased today was

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR

), up 5.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Noble Energy

(

NBL

), down 7.1%,

Plains All American Pipeline

(

PAA

), down 3.9%,

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 4.0%,

Cheniere Energy

(

LNG

), down 2.7% and

Continental Resources

(

CLR

), down 2.5%.

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

3.

Ultrapar Participacoes

(

UGP

) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ultrapar Participacoes is up $0.31 (1.6%) to $19.12 on light volume. Thus far, 104,002 shares of Ultrapar Participacoes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 573,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.97-$19.26 after having opened the day at $19.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.81.

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Ultrapar Participacoes S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distribution, fuel distribution, and related businesses. It operates in five segments: Gas Distribution, Fuel Distribution, Chemicals, Storage, and Drugstores. Ultrapar Participacoes has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 23.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Ultrapar Participacoes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ultrapar Participacoes

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a decline in price during the past year. Get the full

Ultrapar Participacoes Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Ecopetrol

(

EC

) is up $0.34 (4.1%) to $8.52 on average volume. Thus far, 644,859 shares of Ecopetrol exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $8.21-$8.54 after having opened the day at $8.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.18.

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Ecopetrol S.A., an integrated oil company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas primarily in Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Angola, and the United States Gulf Coast. Ecopetrol has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Ecopetrol a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ecopetrol

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Ecopetrol Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

) is up $0.22 (5.2%) to $4.43 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $4.30-$4.45 after having opened the day at $4.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.21.

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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated energy company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $27.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 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

).