Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 38 points (0.2%) at 16,171 as of Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,939 issues advancing vs. 967 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Valero Energy Corporation ( VLO), up 1.8%, and Total ( TOT), up 1.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 3.9%, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP), down 2.9%.

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

3. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras is up $0.10 (0.9%) to $11.38 on light volume. Thus far, 6.7 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.32-$11.46 after having opened the day at $11.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.28.

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 $72.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who 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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2. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is up $1.24 (1.5%) to $85.60 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.82-$85.95 after having opened the day at $84.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.36.

06/11/2010 APA revenues are 74% from Oil, 19% from North American Gas, and 7% from International Gas. About 20% of their assets are U.S. Gulf Coast, and about half of that is deepwater. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $33.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton Company ( HAL) is up $0.38 (0.7%) to $55.76 on average volume. Thus far, 3.6 million shares of Halliburton Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.30-$55.96 after having opened the day at $55.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.38.

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 $46.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 20 analysts who 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, 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 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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