EC, EPD, ESV, PBR And COP, Pushing Energy Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 71 points (-0.4%) at 16,411 as of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,418 issues advancing vs. 1,488 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), down 2.3%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 1.2%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), down 1.1%, Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD), down 1.0% and EOG Resources ( EOG), down 0.8%.

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

5. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.86 (-2.4%) to $34.92 on heavy volume. Thus far, 448,594 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 479,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.27-$35.85 after having opened the day at $35.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.78.

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 $72.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Ecopetrol S.A Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is down $0.32 (-0.5%) to $64.12 on light volume. Thus far, 235,492 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.01-$64.62 after having opened the day at $64.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.44.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, refined products, and petrochemicals in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $60.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Ensco ( ESV) is down $1.39 (-2.5%) to $54.23 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Ensco exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.09-$55.39 after having opened the day at $55.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.62.

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 $13.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 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. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Ensco Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.17 (-1.3%) to $12.54 on average volume. Thus far, 9.6 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.48-$12.80 after having opened the day at $12.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.71.

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 $81.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.51 (-0.8%) to $67.57 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 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 $67.09-$68.07 after having opened the day at $68.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.08.

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 $83.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 3 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 increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full ConocoPhillips 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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