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All three major indices are trading down today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 13 points (-0.1%) at 18,099 as of Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,193 issues advancing vs. 1,740 declining with 211 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

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

3.

PetroChina

(

PTR

) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, PetroChina is up $4.32 (3.3%) to $135.31 on heavy volume. Thus far, 231,499 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $134.46-$135.63 after having opened the day at $134.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $130.99.

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PetroChina Company Limited produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $234.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PetroChina

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full

PetroChina Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Royal Dutch Shell

(

RDS.B

) is up $0.78 (1.2%) to $64.50 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.87-$64.52 after having opened the day at $64.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.72.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $196.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Royal Dutch Shell

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full

Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Kinder Morgan

(

KMI

) is up $0.45 (1.0%) to $43.88 on average volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.02-$43.90 after having opened the day at $43.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.43.

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure and energy company in North America. The company operates through Natural Gas Pipelines, CO2, Terminals, Products Pipelines, Kinder Morgan Canada, and Other segments. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $92.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Kinder Morgan

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full

Kinder Morgan 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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