5 Stocks Advancing The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.9%, and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 0.6%, Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), down 0.6% and Total ( TOT), down 0.3%.

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

5. Spectra Energy ( SE) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Spectra Energy is up $0.50 (1.7%) to $30.74 on average volume Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Spectra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.26-$30.94 after having opened the day at $30.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.23.

Spectra Energy Corp, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of natural gas-related energy assets in North America. The company's U.S. Spectra Energy has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Spectra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spectra Energy as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Spectra Energy Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is up $0.35 (0.9%) to $38.72 on light volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.08-$38.74 after having opened the day at $38.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.37.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Products Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and Other. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $39.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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3. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is up $1.81 (2.4%) to $77.74 on heavy volume Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.86-$78.08 after having opened the day at $75.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.93.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Williams Companies ( WMB) is up $0.60 (1.6%) to $37.60 on light volume Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.01-$37.68 after having opened the day at $37.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.99.

The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company. Williams Companies has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Williams Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is up $0.54 (1.2%) to $45.48 on light volume Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.98-$45.77 after having opened the day at $45.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.95.

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 $24.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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