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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 21 points (-0.1%) at 16,894 as of Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,379 issues advancing vs. 1,581 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 2.5%, Chevron ( CVX), down 1.4%, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 1.0%, Schlumberger ( SLB), down 1.0% and EOG Resources ( EOG), down 0.8%.

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

3. Continental Resources ( CLR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Continental Resources is down $3.03 (-2.0%) to $151.88 on average volume. Thus far, 384,190 shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 892,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $151.41-$154.59 after having opened the day at $154.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.91.

Continental Resources, Inc. is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $29.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 37.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Continental Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. 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 Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Apache Corporation ( APA) is down $1.37 (-1.4%) to $97.85 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Apache Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.63-$99.09 after having opened the day at $98.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $99.22.

Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $38.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Apache Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Apache Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.93 (-1.1%) to $84.74 on average volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.60-$85.61 after having opened the day at $85.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.67.

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 $105.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 2 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full ConocoPhillips 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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