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 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Seadrill ( SDRL), down 4.3%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 0.9%, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY), down 0.7%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), down 0.7% and BP ( BP), down 0.6%. A company within the industry that increased today was PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.0%.

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

5. Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Canadian Natural Resources is down $0.43 (-1.5%) to $27.87 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.85-$28.19 after having opened the day at $28.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.30.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, marketing, and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $31.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Canadian Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) is down $0.78 (-2.2%) to $34.20 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 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 $34.12-$34.98 after having opened the day at $34.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.98.

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 $12.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) is down $2.01 (-1.9%) to $102.82 on light volume Thus far, 415,366 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $102.58-$104.87 after having opened the day at $104.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.83.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States and South Africa. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquid (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Pioneer Natural Resources Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Hess ( HES) is down $0.73 (-1.5%) to $48.84 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Hess exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.69-$49.82 after having opened the day at $49.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.57.

Hess Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production (E&P) and Marketing and Refining (M&R). Hess has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hess a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hess as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Hess Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Marathon Oil ( MRO) is down $0.47 (-1.5%) to $30.33 on light volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.31-$30.77 after having opened the day at $30.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.80.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Exploration and Production, Oil Sands Mining, and Integrated Gas. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. Get the full Marathon Oil 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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