3 Stocks Pulling The Energy Industry Downward

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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%. 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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras is down $0.26 (-1.4%) to $18.05 on light volume Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.05-$18.38 after having opened the day at $18.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.31.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $120.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, 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 Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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