5 Stocks Advancing 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 56 points (-0.3%) at 15,939 as of Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,598 issues advancing vs. 1,323 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Talisman Energy ( TLM), up 3.7%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 2.3%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), up 2.0%, Enbridge ( ENB), up 2.0% and Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Spectra Energy ( SE), down 0.9%, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners ( KMP), down 1.0%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 0.7% and Chevron ( CVX), down 0.6%.

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

5. Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Canadian Natural Resources is up $0.76 (2.2%) to $34.97 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Canadian Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.48-$35.02 after having opened the day at $34.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.21.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited engages in the exploration, development, production and marketing of crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. Canadian Natural Resources has a market cap of $36.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Canadian Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Natural Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Canadian Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy ( SU) is up $0.21 (0.6%) to $32.95 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.87-$33.03 after having opened the day at $32.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.74.

Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $48.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts who rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Continental Resources ( CLR) is up $2.78 (2.6%) to $110.64 on average volume. Thus far, 578,259 shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.65-$110.85 after having opened the day at $108.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.86.

Continental Resources, Inc. engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 analysts who rate Continental Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Oil ( MRO) is up $0.47 (1.4%) to $33.17 on light volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Marathon Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.85-$33.17 after having opened the day at $32.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.70.

Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $22.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Marathon Oil a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income 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 Marathon Oil Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is up $0.35 (0.7%) to $48.39 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.22-$48.60 after having opened the day at $48.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.04.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $147.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, notable return on equity, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full BP 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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