3 Stocks Moving The Energy Industry Upward

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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 16,797 as of Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,344 issues advancing vs. 1,611 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 1.4%, and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), down 4.2%, and Ecopetrol ( EC), down 0.3%.

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

3. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras is up $0.15 (0.9%) to $16.59 on average volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.20-$16.66 after having opened the day at $16.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.44.

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 $109.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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 deteriorating 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, BP ( BP) is up $0.62 (1.2%) to $52.26 on average volume. Thus far, 1.7 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.94-$52.31 after having opened the day at $51.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.64.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products worldwide. BP has a market cap of $176.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP 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 BP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC) is up $1.24 (1.2%) to $108.66 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Anadarko Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.09-$109.50 after having opened the day at $107.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.41.

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is engaged in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of oil and gas properties. It operates through three segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production; Midstream; and Marketing. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $54.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 35.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Anadarko Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Anadarko Petroleum 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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