5 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 50 points (0.3%) at 14,379 as of Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:05 PM 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 0.3%. 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 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Statoil ASA ( STO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Statoil ASA is down $0.13 (-0.5%) to $24.84 on heavy volume Thus far, 980,393 shares of Statoil ASA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 993,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.72-$24.84 after having opened the day at $24.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.97.

Statoil ASA, an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally. Statoil ASA has a market cap of $79.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Statoil ASA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Statoil ASA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Statoil ASA Ratings Report now.

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