3 Stocks Pulling The Energy Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,436 as of Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,992 issues advancing vs. 961 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 3.6%, and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 0.6%. Top gainers within the industry include PetroChina ( PTR), up 2.4%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 2.1%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 1.3% and Total ( TOT), up 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 $0.59 (-0.7%) to $84.42 on heavy volume. Thus far, 461,194 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 519,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.04-$84.47 after having opened the day at $84.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.01.

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 $274.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A) is down $0.70 (-4.0%) to $16.85 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.77-$17.14 after having opened the day at $17.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.55.

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 $116.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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1. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is down $0.41 (-0.9%) to $46.95 on heavy volume. Thus far, 6.4 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.77-$47.30 after having opened the day at $47.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.36.

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 $146.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full BP 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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