3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 12 points (-0.1%) at 16,435 as of Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,512 issues advancing vs. 1,401 declining with 184 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.4%, and Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Statoil ASA ( STO), up 1.0%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), up 0.7% and PetroChina ( PTR), up 0.6%.

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

3. Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum is down $1.04 (-1.2%) to $88.86 on light volume. Thus far, 1.1 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.56-$90.04 after having opened the day at $89.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.90.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, 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 Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cabot Oil & Gas ( COG) is down $0.65 (-1.8%) to $36.56 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Cabot Oil & Gas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $36.46-$37.16 after having opened the day at $37.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.21.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the development, exploitation, exploration, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. Cabot Oil & Gas has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Cabot Oil & Gas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cabot Oil & Gas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Cabot Oil & Gas Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is down $0.72 (-1.3%) to $55.11 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.94-$55.65 after having opened the day at $55.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.83.

Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. Valero Energy has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy 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, attractive valuation levels, 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 Valero 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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