3 Energy Stocks On The Rise

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 174 points (1.0%) at 16,837 as of Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,451 issues advancing vs. 545 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF), up 3.8%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.1%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.0%, BP ( BP), up 0.7% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 0.7%, and Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.7%.

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

3. Valero Energy ( VLO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Valero Energy is up $1.46 (2.8%) to $53.68 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.66-$54.05 after having opened the day at $52.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.22.

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Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. It operates through two segments, Refining and Ethanol. Valero Energy has a market cap of $27.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valero Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Valero Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Halliburton ( HAL) is up $0.48 (0.7%) to $68.90 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of Halliburton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.53-$69.27 after having opened the day at $68.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.42.

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Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products for the exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas to oil and gas companies worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton has a market cap of $57.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 34.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Halliburton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Halliburton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Schlumberger ( SLB) is up $1.56 (1.5%) to $108.09 on heavy volume. Thus far, 4.4 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $107.54-$109.49 after having opened the day at $109.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.53.

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Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. It operates through three groups: Reservoir Characterization, Drilling, and Production. Schlumberger has a market cap of $137.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Schlumberger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Schlumberger 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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