3 Stocks Dragging In The Energy Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 30 points (0.2%) at 16,949 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,346 issues advancing vs. 1,589 declining with 185 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that fell today was Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 1.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.0%.

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 $1.29 (-1.5%) to $83.98 on heavy volume. Thus far, 439,909 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 491,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $83.77-$84.12 after having opened the day at $84.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.27.

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 $270.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.5% 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 solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Total ( TOT) is down $0.32 (-0.5%) to $64.11 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 978,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.48-$64.34 after having opened the day at $63.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.43.

TOTAL S.A., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services. Total has a market cap of $152.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Total a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, YPF Sociedad Anonima ( YPF) is down $1.06 (-3.2%) to $31.94 on average volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.60-$32.50 after having opened the day at $32.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.00.

YPF Sociedad Anonima, an energy company, is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Argentina. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates YPF Sociedad Anonima a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates YPF Sociedad Anonima as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 YPF Sociedad Anonima 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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