EC, APA And HAL, 3 Energy Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 15 points (0.1%) at 15,558 as of Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,691 issues advancing vs. 1,251 declining with 101 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Total ( TOT), up 1.8%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.1%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.8% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.34 (-0.7%) to $45.91 on light volume. Thus far, 142,480 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 537,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.71-$46.50 after having opened the day at $46.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.25.

Ecopetrol S.A., an integrated oil company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas Colombia. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Petrochemicals, Transportation, and Market and Supply. Ecopetrol S.A has a market cap of $93.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Ecopetrol S.A a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ecopetrol S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $0.79 (-0.9%) to $84.19 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.88-$84.97 after having opened the day at $84.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.98.

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 $32.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is down $0.48 (-1.1%) to $45.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 10.6 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.11-$46.66 after having opened the day at $46.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.83.

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 $41.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 32.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. 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).

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