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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3. As of noon trading, Statoil ASA ( STO) is up $0.26 (1.2%) to $21.82 on average volume. Thus far, 645,322 shares of Statoil ASA exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.77-$21.91 after having opened the day at $21.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.56.

Statoil ASA, an integrated energy company, engages in the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products in Norway and internationally. Statoil ASA has a market cap of $68.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Statoil ASA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Statoil ASA 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Statoil ASA Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy ( SU) is up $0.50 (1.6%) to $32.51 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.02-$32.51 after having opened the day at $32.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.01.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $48.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Devon Energy ( DVN) is up $0.79 (1.4%) to $58.34 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Devon Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.58-$58.34 after having opened the day at $57.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.55.

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, engages primarily in exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Devon Energy has a market cap of $23.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Devon Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Devon Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Devon Energy 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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