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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 87 points (0.5%) at 16,606 as of Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,938 issues advancing vs. 1,065 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gulfport Energy ( GPOR), down 18.4%, Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), down 3.1%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 2.1%, Williams Partners ( WPZ), down 1.9% and Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.5%.

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

3. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is up $0.57 (0.7%) to $86.94 on average volume. Thus far, 439,247 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 727,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.76-$87.10 after having opened the day at $87.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.37.

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $272.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance 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 Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Total ( TOT) is up $1.33 (1.9%) to $73.08 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.37-$73.52 after having opened the day at $72.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.75.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services. Total has a market cap of $160.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Total a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Total Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Spectra Energy ( SE) is up $0.63 (1.6%) to $39.80 on average volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Spectra Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.27-$39.97 after having opened the day at $39.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.17.

Spectra Energy Corp., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of natural gas-related energy assets in North America. Spectra Energy has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Spectra Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spectra Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 Spectra Energy 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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