RDS.B, EPD And PBR, Pushing 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 48 points (-0.3%) at 16,864 as of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,073 issues advancing vs. 1,897 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Total ( TOT), down 4.4%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 1.5%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 1.3% and Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), down 0.5%.

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

3. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is down $1.52 (-1.8%) to $84.38 on heavy volume. Thus far, 771,347 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 518,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.97-$85.07 after having opened the day at $84.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.90.

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 $274.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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