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 up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Ensco ( ESV), down 2.2%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 1.5%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.8% and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Gulfport Energy Corporation ( GPOR), up 14.5%, Enbridge ( ENB), up 1.4%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), up 0.6% and Eni SpA ( E), up 0.6%.

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

5. Suncor Energy ( SU) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy is down $0.51 (-1.5%) to $32.57 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.39-$32.77 after having opened the day at $32.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.08.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $51.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) is down $0.63 (-1.8%) to $35.19 on average volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.90-$35.60 after having opened the day at $35.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.82.

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil primarily in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. Southwestern Energy Company has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwestern Energy Company as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Southwestern Energy Company Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, National Oilwell Varco ( NOV) is down $0.86 (-1.2%) to $69.16 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of National Oilwell Varco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.87-$69.63 after having opened the day at $69.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.02.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, constructs, manufactures, and sells systems, components, and products for oil and gas drilling and production, as well as provides oilfield services and supplies, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate National Oilwell Varco a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Oilwell Varco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full National Oilwell Varco Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) is down $0.78 (-1.1%) to $72.57 on light volume Thus far, 929,645 shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.85-$72.91 after having opened the day at $72.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.35.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids(NGLs) in the United States, Algeria, and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Anadarko Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is down $0.28 (-0.9%) to $31.76 on average volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.41-$31.85 after having opened the day at $31.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.04.

Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for exploring, developing, and producing oil and natural gas worldwide. It operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $29.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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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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