4 Stocks Boosting The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 15,371 as of Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,814 issues advancing vs. 1,135 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.38 versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Boardwalk Pipeline Partners ( BWP), down 4.84, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 2.14 and Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), down 1.98.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Talisman Energy ( TLM) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Talisman Energy is up $0.26 (2.21) to $12.01 on heavy volume Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Talisman Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.69-$12.38 after having opened the day at $11.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.75.

Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Talisman Energy has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Talisman Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Talisman Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Talisman Energy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Murphy Oil Corporation ( MUR) is up $1.17 (1.86) to $64.13 on average volume Thus far, 593,250 shares of Murphy Oil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $62.88-$64.26 after having opened the day at $63.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.96.

Murphy Oil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties worldwide. It is also involved in oil and gas refining and marketing activities. The company explores for and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Murphy Oil Corporation has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Murphy Oil Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Murphy Oil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Murphy Oil Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is up $0.25 (1.32) to $19.13 on light volume Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.71-$19.45 after having opened the day at $18.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.88.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $126.6 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 up 0.5% 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 attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is up $0.70 (0.83) to $84.99 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.11-$85.09 after having opened the day at $83.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.29.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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