3 Energy Stocks Dragging The Industry Down

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.3%) at 15,878 as of Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,973 issues advancing vs. 972 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Halliburton Company ( HAL), down 0.9%, Enbridge ( ENB), down 0.7% and Schlumberger ( SLB), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include Cheniere Energy ( LNG), up 3.4%, Continental Resources ( CLR), up 2.7%, EOG Resources ( EOG), up 2.3%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), up 1.9% and Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), up 1.7%.

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

3. YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima is down $0.64 (-2.5%) to $25.04 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.30-$26.11 after having opened the day at $25.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.68.

YPF SOCIEDAD ANONIMA, an energy company, engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $9.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, increase in net income 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 YPF Sociedad Anonima Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.17 (-1.4%) to $12.44 on light volume. Thus far, 2.3 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 $12.44-$12.64 after having opened the day at $12.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.61.

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 $82.2 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 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is down $0.72 (-0.9%) to $82.78 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.00-$83.38 after having opened the day at $83.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.50.

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 $25.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance 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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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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