5 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 82 points (-0.5%) at 15,473 as of Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:49 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,028 issues advancing vs. 1,878 declining with 105 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cameron International Corporation ( CAM), down 3.7%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.9%, Chevron ( CVX), down 1.0%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.9% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 0.7%.

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

5. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.44 (-0.9%) to $45.72 on light volume. Thus far, 112,509 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 525,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.29-$46.14 after having opened the day at $45.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.16.

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 $95.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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4. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is down $0.59 (-0.8%) to $70.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $70.79-$71.50 after having opened the day at $71.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.55.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $226.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) is down $0.79 (-2.4%) to $32.05 on average volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.04-$32.64 after having opened the day at $32.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.84.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $35.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Schlumberger ( SLB) is down $0.97 (-1.2%) to $81.60 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.15-$82.27 after having opened the day at $82.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.57.

Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the supply of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. Schlumberger has a market cap of $110.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Schlumberger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Schlumberger Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $0.71 (-0.8%) to $94.26 on light volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $93.84-$94.86 after having opened the day at $94.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $94.97.

Exxon Mobil Corporation engages in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, and manufacture of petroleum products. The company also transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. It has approximately 37,228 gross and 31,264 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $424.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Exxon Mobil 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).

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