5 Energy Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 112 points (-0.7%) at 15,897 as of Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 970 issues advancing vs. 1,886 declining with 143 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 4.6%, Western Gas Partners ( WES), down 4.4%, Ultrapar Holdings ( UGP), down 2.6%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.4% and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), down 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 $0.59 (-1.0%) to $59.44 on average volume. Thus far, 497,392 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.36-$59.77 after having opened the day at $59.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.03.

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 $136.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year 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 Total Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.14 (-0.9%) to $14.80 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.70-$15.22 after having opened the day at $14.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.94.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $107.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $1.04 (-1.1%) to $90.16 on light volume. Thus far, 924,016 shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.11-$91.34 after having opened the day at $91.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.20.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Phillips 66 ( PSX) is down $1.65 (-2.3%) to $69.71 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Phillips 66 exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.54-$71.27 after having opened the day at $71.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.36.

Phillips 66 operates as an independent downstream energy company. The company operates in three segments: Refining and Marketing (R&M), Midstream, and Chemicals. Phillips 66 has a market cap of $41.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Phillips 66 a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Phillips 66 as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. Get the full Phillips 66 Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is down $0.94 (-2.0%) to $45.89 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.52-$47.26 after having opened the day at $46.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.83.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, 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 has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Valero Energy Corporation 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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