5 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Encana ( ECA), down 5.0%, Total ( TOT), down 2.8%, Eni SpA ( E), down 2.4%, Cenovus Energy ( CVE), down 2.6% and Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.6%.

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 $0.46 (-1.4%) to $32.20 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.20-$32.74 after having opened the day at $32.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.66.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $49.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 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 hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is down $0.98 (-1.5%) to $65.98 on heavy volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.81-$66.25 after having opened the day at $65.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.96.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil and natural gas. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $213.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.18 (-1.0%) to $18.03 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.00-$18.10 after having opened the day at $18.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.21.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $118.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $1.31 (-1.6%) to $83.02 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.34-$84.00 after having opened the day at $83.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.33.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $32.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation 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 Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $0.51 (-0.6%) to $88.16 on average volume Thus far, 6.3 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.06-$88.42 after having opened the day at $88.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.67.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products, as well as transportation and sale of crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $403.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Exxon Mobil Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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