5 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Lower

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 0 points (0.0%) at 15,915 as of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 11:45 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,252 issues advancing vs. 1,627 declining with 137 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include El Paso Pipeline Partners ( EPB), down 8.7%, Suncor Energy ( SU), down 2.1%, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 1.8%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 1.5% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.4%.

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

5. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners ( KMP) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is down $1.82 (-2.2%) to $79.80 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.70-$81.45 after having opened the day at $81.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.62.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. operates as a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan Energy Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is down $2.08 (-5.9%) to $32.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 9.3 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$34.62 after having opened the day at $34.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.04.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. owns and operates energy transportation and storage assets in the United States and Canada. The company operates in six segments: Natural Gas Pipelines, Products Pipelines KMP, CO2 KMP, Terminals KMP, Kinder Morgan Canada KMP, and Other. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $36.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Kinder Morgan Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $1.88 (-2.2%) to $85.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.7 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.24-$85.56 after having opened the day at $84.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.99.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation segments. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.64 (-0.9%) to $71.83 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.82-$72.62 after having opened the day at $72.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.47.

ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids on a worldwide basis. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $88.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full ConocoPhillips Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is down $0.86 (-1.7%) to $51.01 on average volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.90-$51.72 after having opened the day at $51.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.87.

Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas to oil and gas companies worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton Company has a market cap of $44.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Halliburton Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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