Today's Top Performers In Energy

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 3 points (0.0%) at 15,545 as of Thursday, July 25, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,602 declining with 83 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Range Resources Corporation ( RRC), up 5.5%, Oceaneering International ( OII), up 4.2%, Encana ( ECA), up 2.2%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 1.9% and EOG Resources ( EOG), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 3.5%, National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), down 1.2%, Halliburton Company ( HAL), down 1.2%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.9% and Noble Energy ( NBL), down 1.2%.

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

5. Southwestern Energy Company ( SWN) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Southwestern Energy Company is up $1.72 (4.6%) to $39.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Southwestern Energy Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.63-$39.37 after having opened the day at $37.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.58.

Southwestern Energy Company, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of natural gas and oil primarily in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Exploration and Production, and Midstream Services. Southwestern Energy Company has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Southwestern Energy Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 19 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southwestern Energy Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Southwestern Energy Company Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG) is up $5.06 (7.1%) to $76.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $75.00-$78.07 after having opened the day at $75.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.71.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, engages in the development, exploitation, exploration, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 45.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Spectra Energy ( SE) is up $0.42 (1.2%) to $36.13 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Spectra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.70-$36.14 after having opened the day at $35.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.71.

Spectra Energy Corp, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of natural gas-related energy assets in North America. The company's U.S. Spectra Energy has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Spectra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spectra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Spectra Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is up $1.22 (3.5%) to $35.82 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.40-$35.97 after having opened the day at $34.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.60.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $19.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

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1. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is up $1.12 (0.9%) to $127.49 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $125.79-$127.56 after having opened the day at $126.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.37.

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $246.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Chevron 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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