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 25 points (-0.2%) at 14,513 as of Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,309 issues advancing vs. 1,578 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.3%, and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Imperial Oil ( IMO), up 1.9%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.7% and Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), up 1.7%.

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

5. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.63 (-1.1%) to $55.93 on average volume Thus far, 314,875 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 468,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.86-$56.71 after having opened the day at $56.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.56.

Ecopetrol S.A., an integrated oil company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2011, its proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas totaled 1,856.7 million barrels of oil equivalent. Ecopetrol S.A has a market cap of $116.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ecopetrol S.A a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecopetrol S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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