3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Continental Resources ( CLR), up 3.2%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), up 1.6%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 1.3% and Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR Class A ( RDS.A), up 1.0%.

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

3. Pioneer Natural Resources Company ( PXD) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Pioneer Natural Resources Company is up $4.75 (2.6%) to $190.05 on average volume. Thus far, 945,059 shares of Pioneer Natural Resources Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $182.71-$190.99 after having opened the day at $186.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $185.30.

Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources Company has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Pioneer Natural Resources Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. Get the full Pioneer Natural Resources Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) is up $0.84 (1.0%) to $82.38 on light volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $81.70-$82.55 after having opened the day at $81.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.54.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $41.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Anadarko Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO) is up $0.84 (1.7%) to $50.70 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Valero Energy Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.93-$50.79 after having opened the day at $50.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.86.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Valero Energy Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Valero Energy Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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