One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,123 as of Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,692 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was

Plains All American Pipeline

(

PAA

), up 2.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include

Concho Resources

(

CXO

), down 5.8%,

Cimarex Energy

(

XEC

), down 5.3%,

Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras

(

PBR.A

), down 5.0%,

Continental Resources

(

CLR

), down 5.0% and

Hess

(

HES

), down 2.2%.

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

3.

ONEOK Partners

(

OKS

) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, ONEOK Partners is up $2.34 (10.3%) to $25.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of ONEOK Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.74-$25.21 after having opened the day at $23.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.83.

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ONEOK Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. It operates in three segments: Natural Gas Gathering and Processing; Natural Gas Liquids; and Natural Gas Pipelines. ONEOK Partners has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 42.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate ONEOK Partners a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ONEOK Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels 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

ONEOK Partners Ratings Report

now.

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2. As of noon trading,

Buckeye Partners

(

BPL

) is up $1.64 (2.9%) to $57.49 on average volume. Thus far, 280,117 shares of Buckeye Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 732,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.51-$57.79 after having opened the day at $55.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.85.

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Buckeye Partners, L.P. owns and operates liquid petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Pipelines & Terminals, Global Marine Terminals, Merchant Services, and Development & Logistics. Buckeye Partners has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Buckeye Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Buckeye Partners

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full

Buckeye Partners Ratings Report

now.

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1. As of noon trading,

Cabot Oil & Gas

(

COG

) is up $0.56 (3.6%) to $16.05 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Cabot Oil & Gas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $15.48-$16.15 after having opened the day at $15.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.49.

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Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, develops, exploits, explores for, produces, and markets natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Cabot Oil & Gas has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 47.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Cabot Oil & Gas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cabot Oil & Gas

as a

sell

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

Cabot Oil & Gas 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

).