5 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Penn West Petroleum ( PWE), down 4.2%, and Eni SpA ( E), down 1.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Cameron International Corporation ( CAM), up 4.1%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 3.7% and Continental Resources ( CLR), up 1.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Total is down $0.70 (-1.4%) to $49.72 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.67-$50.08 after having opened the day at $49.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.42.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemicals. Total has a market cap of $114.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy ( SU) is down $0.44 (-1.3%) to $34.39 on light volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.32-$34.82 after having opened the day at $34.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.83.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is down $0.40 (-0.9%) to $42.14 on average volume Thus far, 3.9 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.01-$42.38 after having opened the day at $42.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.54.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $136.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

2. As of noon trading, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) is down $0.39 (-2.1%) to $18.10 on light volume Thus far, 9.7 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.96-$18.35 after having opened the day at $18.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.49.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. The company also offers marketing, midstream, drilling, and other oilfield services. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Chesapeake Energy Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) is down $0.42 (-0.5%) to $77.91 on light volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.77-$78.50 after having opened the day at $78.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.33.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing, and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $64.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a buy. Get the full Occidental Petroleum Corporation Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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