5 Energy Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 79 points (0.5%) at 15,295 as of Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,703 issues advancing vs. 1,237 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), up 2.9%, and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 0.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 1.32, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.30, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), down 0.72 and Chevron ( CVX), down 0.49.

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

5. YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima is up $1.01 (8.24) to $13.27 on average volume Thus far, 344,268 shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 601,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.20-$13.39 after having opened the day at $12.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.26.

YPF SOCIEDAD ANONIMA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full YPF Sociedad Anonima Ratings Report now.

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