5 Stocks Pulling The Energy Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 46 points (-0.3%) at 14,513 as of Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,749 declining with 144 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Eni SpA ( E), down 2.1%, Total ( TOT), down 1.5%, Tenaris ( TS), down 1.4% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), down 0.7%. A company within the industry that increased today was National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), 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 $0.44 (-0.8%) to $54.91 on light volume Thus far, 147,523 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 494,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.60-$55.17 after having opened the day at $55.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.35.

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 $112.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate 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, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) is down $0.30 (-0.9%) to $32.24 on light volume Thus far, 1.1 million 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 $32.03-$32.47 after having opened the day at $32.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.54.

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 $35.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, Suncor Energy ( SU) is down $0.30 (-1.0%) to $29.90 on average volume Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.81-$30.13 after having opened the day at $30.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.20.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $45.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy 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 reasonable valuation levels. 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 Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is down $0.57 (-0.9%) to $65.07 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.64-$65.09 after having opened the day at $64.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.64.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $204.5 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 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $1.10 (-1.2%) to $89.83 on light volume Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.63-$90.88 after having opened the day at $90.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.93.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation segments. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $29.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.3% 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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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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