4 Stocks Pulling The Energy Industry Downward

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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.

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

4. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $1.12 (-2.8%) to $38.59 on heavy volume. Thus far, 589,373 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 338,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.58-$39.78 after having opened the day at $39.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.71.

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 $81.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 revenue growth, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, 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 Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Seadrill ( SDRL) is down $0.99 (-2.5%) to $38.89 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Seadrill exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.83-$39.71 after having opened the day at $39.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.88.

Seadrill Limited provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Floaters, Jack-up Rigs, and Tender Rigs. Seadrill has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Seadrill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Seadrill as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Seadrill Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.09 (-0.6%) to $14.50 on light volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.45-$14.60 after having opened the day at $14.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.59.

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 $96.1 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 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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1. As of noon trading, Ensco ( ESV) is down $2.06 (-3.5%) to $55.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Ensco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.52-$57.71 after having opened the day at $57.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.02.

Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Floaters, Jackups, and Other. Ensco has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ensco a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ensco as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Ensco 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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