3 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Energy Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 125 points (-0.8%) at 16,333 as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,234 declining with 157 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), up 0.9%. Top gainers within the industry include China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), up 5.3%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), up 0.9%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.8%, Total ( TOT), up 0.8% and Chevron ( CVX), up 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Ecopetrol S.A ( EC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Ecopetrol S.A is down $0.50 (-1.4%) to $35.06 on average volume. Thus far, 258,868 shares of Ecopetrol S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 503,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.75-$35.80 after having opened the day at $35.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.56.

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 $73.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.22 (-1.7%) to $13.04 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $12.97-$13.18 after having opened the day at $13.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.26.

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 $86.5 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 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is down $1.32 (-2.6%) to $49.34 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.9 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.06-$51.50 after having opened the day at $51.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.66.

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 $43.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above 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 Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Halliburton Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 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 5 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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