Today's Top Performers In Energy

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), up 1.0%, and Chevron ( CVX), up 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $0.70 (1.0%) to $71.46 on average volume. Thus far, 342,937 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 910,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $71.28-$71.56 after having opened the day at $71.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.76.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $224.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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 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 Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Total ( TOT) is up $0.69 (1.2%) to $58.29 on average volume. Thus far, 440,927 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.01-$58.41 after having opened the day at $58.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.60.

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 $130.4 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 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is up $0.61 (1.8%) to $34.04 on average volume. Thus far, 3.4 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 $33.45-$34.05 after having opened the day at $33.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.43.

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 $33.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.4% 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, 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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1. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum Corporation ( OXY) is up $0.88 (1.0%) to $91.09 on light volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.39-$91.31 after having opened the day at $90.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.21.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has a market cap of $73.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum Corporation as a buy. 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Occidental Petroleum Corporation 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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