3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 23 points (-0.2%) at 13,146 as of Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,517 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 2.9%.

TheStreet Ratings group 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 $1.59 (1.1%) to $139.54 on average volume Thus far, 53,017 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 113,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $139.47-$140.09 after having opened the day at $140.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.95.

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 $253.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates 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 and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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