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 93 points (0.6%) at 15,285 as of Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,438 issues advancing vs. 1,461 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Statoil ASA ( STO), up 1.5%, EOG Resources ( EOG), up 1.4%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), up 1.1%, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), up 0.9% and ConocoPhillips ( COP), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 2.1%, and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 0.7%.

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

5. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total is up $0.59 (1.1%) to $56.59 on average volume. Thus far, 645,764 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.98-$56.61 after having opened the day at $56.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.00.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining and Chemicals, and Marketing and Services. Total has a market cap of $126.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Linn Energy ( LINE) is up $2.60 (10.5%) to $27.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of Linn Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.26-$27.39 after having opened the day at $25.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.74.

Linn Energy, LLC, an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties. Linn Energy has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Linn Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is up $0.26 (0.6%) to $42.28 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $42.05-$42.30 after having opened the day at $42.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.02.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $131.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full BP Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) is up $0.78 (0.9%) to $90.44 on light volume. Thus far, 922,089 shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.54-$90.49 after having opened the day at $89.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.66.

Oxy's U.S. operations are organized in several regions. The largest of these is in the Permian Basin of southwest Texas and southeast New Mexico, where Oxy is the No. 1 oil producer. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $72.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Occidental Petroleum Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is up $0.77 (0.6%) to $123.78 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $122.79-$123.95 after having opened the day at $123.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.01.

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 $236.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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 somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. 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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