3 Stocks Advancing The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 117 points (-0.7%) at 16,295 as of Monday, April 7, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 843 issues advancing vs. 2,136 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 4.7%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Cheniere Energy ( LNG), down 4.4%, Baker Hughes ( BHI), down 2.1%, Williams Companies ( WMB), down 2.0%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 2.0% and Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 1.9%.

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

3. Ultrapar Participacoes ( UGP) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ultrapar Participacoes is up $0.75 (3.0%) to $25.40 on light volume. Thus far, 128,060 shares of Ultrapar Participacoes exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 352,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.91-$25.43 after having opened the day at $25.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.65.

Ultrapar Holdings Inc. is engaged in the fuel distribution and chemical businesses in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Gas Distribution, Fuel Distribution, Chemicals, and Storage. Ultrapar Participacoes has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Ultrapar Participacoes a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ultrapar Participacoes as a buy. Get the full Ultrapar Participacoes Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ( SNP) is up $0.52 (0.6%) to $90.01 on light volume. Thus far, 44,976 shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 237,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.89-$90.45 after having opened the day at $90.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.49.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the oil and gas, and chemical operations in the People's Republic of China. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has a market cap of $104.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, 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 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is up $0.70 (5.1%) to $14.42 on average volume. Thus far, 6.8 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $14.03-$14.49 after having opened the day at $14.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.72.

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 $87.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 6.6% 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 poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 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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