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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2. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is down $1.23 (-1.6%) to $77.01 on average volume. Thus far, 510,883 shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 906,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.58-$78.47 after having opened the day at $78.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.24.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $74.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share 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 Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.12 (-0.7%) to $16.47 on average volume. Thus far, 7.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.40-$16.79 after having opened the day at $16.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.59.

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 $111.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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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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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