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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