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 13 points (0.1%) at 14,463 as of Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,568 issues advancing vs. 1,298 declining with 138 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HollyFrontier ( HFC), down 2.1%, Eni SpA ( E), down 1.8%, Encana ( ECA), down 1.8%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.3% and Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.0%.

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

5. Imperial Oil ( IMO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Imperial Oil is down $0.76 (-1.8%) to $41.59 on light volume Thus far, 55,546 shares of Imperial Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 246,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.55-$42.46 after having opened the day at $42.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.35.

Imperial Oil Limited engages in the exploration, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. Imperial Oil has a market cap of $36.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Imperial Oil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Imperial Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Imperial Oil Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) is down $0.22 (-0.7%) to $31.09 on light volume Thus far, 778,536 shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.98-$31.36 after having opened the day at $31.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.31.

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 $34.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is down $0.39 (-1.0%) to $36.88 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.78-$37.35 after having opened the day at $37.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.27.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Products Pipelines-KMP, Natural Gas Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and NGPL PipeCo LLC. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Kinder Morgan Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $0.98 (-1.1%) to $88.01 on average volume Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.18-$88.73 after having opened the day at $88.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.99.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is down $1.31 (-2.9%) to $44.24 on heavy volume Thus far, 13.3 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.20-$44.55 after having opened the day at $43.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.55.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 33.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Valero Energy Corporation 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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