5 Stocks Dragging In The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 44 points (0.3%) at 15,539 as of Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,783 issues advancing vs. 1,120 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Western Gas Partners ( WES), down 3.0%, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P ( MMP), down 1.9%, Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP), down 1.2% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include Whiting Petroleum Corporation ( WLL), up 3.9%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), up 2.0%, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation ( COG), up 1.4%, Marathon Oil ( MRO), up 1.1% and Devon Energy ( DVN), up 0.9%.

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

5. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Total is down $0.48 (-0.8%) to $56.53 on average volume. Thus far, 985,558 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.32-$56.58 after having opened the day at $56.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.01.

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 $128.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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