Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 84 points (-0.5%) at 15,367 as of Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,847 declining with 114 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.4%, Marathon Oil ( MRO), up 1.1% and Halliburton Company ( HAL), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), down 1.4%, Tenaris ( TS), down 1.1%, Enbridge ( ENB), down 0.7% and Chevron ( CVX), down 0.5%.

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

4. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $46.36 on average volume. Thus far, 259,036 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 472,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.08-$46.49 after having opened the day at $46.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.00.

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 $94.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 good cash flow from operations, 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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