3 Stocks Advancing The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 3 points (0.0%) at 15,304 as of Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 979 issues advancing vs. 1,985 declining with 110 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.53 versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.37. Top gainers within the industry include Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), up 1.8%, and Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Apache Corporation ( APA), down 2.46, Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP), down 2.26, Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), down 1.81, Halliburton Company ( HAL), down 1.64 and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.24.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total is up $0.43 (0.85) to $50.85 on average volume Thus far, 809,374 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.29-$50.99 after having opened the day at $50.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.42.

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 $115.3 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 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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 increase in stock price during the past year. 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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