All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 230 points (-1.3%) at 17,266 as of Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,238 issues advancing vs. 1,715 declining with 142 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Sunoco Logistics Partners

(

SXL

), down 4.8%,

Energy Transfer Equity

(

ETE

), down 3.7%,

Pioneer Natural Resources

(

PXD

), down 2.7%,

Schlumberger

(

SLB

), down 1.8% and

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

), down 1.7%. Top gainers within the industry include

Crescent Point Energy

(

CPG

), up 3.9%,

EQT

(

EQT

), up 3.5%,

Devon Energy

(

DVN

), up 2.4%,

Cenovus Energy

(

CVE

), up 2.4% and

Ecopetrol

(

EC

), up 2.2%.

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

3.

Spectra Energy

(

SE

) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Spectra Energy is down $0.60 (-2.6%) to $22.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Spectra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.19-$22.97 after having opened the day at $22.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.94.

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Spectra Energy Corp, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of natural gas-related energy assets in North America. Spectra Energy has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 36.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Spectra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Spectra Energy

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full

Spectra Energy Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Transocean

(

RIG

) is down $0.63 (-4.8%) to $12.37 on average volume. Thus far, 7.1 million shares of Transocean exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.35-$12.87 after having opened the day at $12.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.00.

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Transocean Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. The company primarily offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. Transocean has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Transocean a buy, 10 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Transocean

as a

sell

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

Transocean Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Williams Companies

(

WMB

) is down $1.33 (-5.6%) to $22.37 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.8 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.04-$24.19 after having opened the day at $23.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.70.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL & Petchem Services. Williams Companies has a market cap of $19.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 47.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Williams Companies

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full

Williams Companies 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

).