5 Energy Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 64 points (0.4%) at 14,866 as of Thursday, April 11, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,808 issues advancing vs. 1,100 declining with 140 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.29 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 1.89, and PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.97. A company within the industry that increased today was Chevron ( CVX), up 0.95.

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

5. Statoil ASA ( STO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Statoil ASA is down $0.22 (-0.9%) to $24.19 on average volume Thus far, 708,120 shares of Statoil ASA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.15-$24.32 after having opened the day at $24.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.41.

Statoil ASA, an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally. Statoil ASA has a market cap of $77.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Statoil ASA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Statoil ASA Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, HollyFrontier ( HFC) is down $2.01 (-4.1%) to $46.54 on average volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.52-$48.55 after having opened the day at $48.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.55.

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates HollyFrontier 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full HollyFrontier Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.39 (-2.3%) to $16.80 on average volume Thus far, 7.0 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.73-$17.14 after having opened the day at $17.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.19.

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 $110.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 11.7% 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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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $3.14 (-3.7%) to $81.20 on average volume Thus far, 2.5 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 $80.75-$84.56 after having opened the day at $84.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.34.

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 $28.1 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 up 33.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is down $1.77 (-4.1%) to $41.20 on average volume Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.02-$43.00 after having opened the day at $42.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.97.

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 $23.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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