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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