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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4. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is down $0.62 (-0.9%) to $67.83 on average volume Thus far, 572,330 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.52-$67.89 after having opened the day at $67.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.45.

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 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, Total ( TOT) is down $0.26 (-0.5%) to $50.58 on average volume Thus far, 756,130 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.29-$50.64 after having opened the day at $50.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.84.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemicals. Total has a market cap of $113.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.39 (-0.7%) to $59.13 on average volume Thus far, 4.2 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 $59.09-$59.39 after having opened the day at $59.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.52.

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 $71.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% 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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1. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is down $0.54 (-0.4%) to $119.46 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.5 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $118.91-$119.92 after having opened the day at $119.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.00.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. It operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $229.9 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 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Chevron 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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