3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 32 points (-0.2%) at 15,645 as of Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,343 issues advancing vs. 1,599 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Magellan Midstream Partners L.P ( MMP), up 3.9%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 2.5%, Williams Companies ( WMB), up 2.2%, Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP), up 2.2% and Phillips 66 ( PSX), up 1.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.70 (-1.5%) to $46.99 on average volume. Thus far, 145,887 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 348,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.98-$48.09 after having opened the day at $48.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.69.

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 $94.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, PetroChina ( PTR) is down $2.67 (-2.3%) to $112.56 on heavy volume. Thus far, 216,160 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 182,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $112.38-$115.24 after having opened the day at $115.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.23.

PetroChina Company Limited produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $206.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PetroChina a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina 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, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Transocean ( RIG) is down $1.09 (-2.3%) to $46.15 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Transocean exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.05-$47.18 after having opened the day at $47.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.24.

Transocean Ltd. provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. It offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling, oil and gas drilling management, and drilling engineering and drilling project management services, as well as logistics services. Transocean has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Transocean a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Transocean as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Transocean 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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