4 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 50 points (0.4%) at 14,380 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,811 issues advancing vs. 1,063 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 1.0%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 1.1% and BP ( BP), down 0.5%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. PetroChina ( PTR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, PetroChina is up $1.18 (0.9%) to $138.94 on average volume Thus far, 64,621 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 93,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $138.00-$139.58 after having opened the day at $139.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $137.76.

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 $251.9 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 down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, 1 analyst rates 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 and good cash flow from operations. 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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3. As of noon trading, Encana ( ECA) is up $0.53 (2.8%) to $19.57 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.1 million shares of Encana exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.96-$19.58 after having opened the day at $19.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.04.

Encana Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids in Canada and the United States. Encana has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Encana a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Encana as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Encana Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Baker Hughes ( BHI) is up $0.72 (1.6%) to $45.96 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Baker Hughes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.38-$46.00 after having opened the day at $45.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.24.

Baker Hughes Incorporated supplies oilfield services, products, and technology services and systems to the oil and natural gas industry worldwide. Baker Hughes has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Baker Hughes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baker Hughes as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Baker Hughes Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $58.21 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.83-$58.21 after having opened the day at $57.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.86.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $70.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full ConocoPhillips 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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