Energy Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 16,084 as of Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,014 issues advancing vs. 1,941 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Energy Transfer Partners L.P ( ETP), up 1.8%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 1.7%, Williams Partners ( WPZ), up 1.5%, Phillips 66 ( PSX), up 0.9% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Seadrill ( SDRL), down 2.2%, BP ( BP), down 1.4%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 1.1%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.0% and Ecopetrol S.A ( EC), down 0.9%.

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

3. ConocoPhillips ( COP) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips is up $1.26 (1.8%) to $70.97 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.98-$71.36 after having opened the day at $70.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.71.

ConocoPhillips explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $87.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

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