5 Stocks Advancing The Energy Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 14,823 as of Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,672 issues advancing vs. 1,218 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Oil States International ( OIS), up 16.8%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 2.2% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that fell today was Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 0.93.

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

5. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total is up $0.64 (1.29) to $50.34 on average volume Thus far, 918,032 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.09-$50.38 after having opened the day at $50.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.70.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining and Chemicals, and Marketing and Services. Total has a market cap of $116.1 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 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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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4. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy ( SU) is up $1.66 (5.67) to $30.93 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.95-$31.16 after having opened the day at $30.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.27.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $44.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is up $0.90 (2.12) to $43.54 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.3 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.31-$43.73 after having opened the day at $43.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.63.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $134.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 422.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full BP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) is up $1.02 (1.16) to $88.88 on heavy volume Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.18-$89.89 after having opened the day at $88.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.86.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $68.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation 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 Occidental Petroleum Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is up $0.68 (1.62) to $42.24 on average volume Thus far, 7.5 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.56-$42.48 after having opened the day at $41.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.57.

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $37.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company 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 and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Halliburton Company 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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