3 Energy Stocks Driving The Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 28 points (-0.2%) at 17,094 as of Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,204 issues advancing vs. 1,745 declining with 194 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Tenaris ( TS), down 1.9%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 1.5%, Halliburton ( HAL), down 1.2%, Statoil ASA ( STO), down 0.7% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), down 0.6%.

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

3. Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Energy Transfer Equity is up $0.85 (1.4%) to $60.85 on average volume. Thus far, 587,186 shares of Energy Transfer Equity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.55-$61.00 after having opened the day at $60.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.00.

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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., through its subsidiaries, provides diversified energy-related services in the Unites States. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. Energy Transfer Equity has a market cap of $31.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 46.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Energy Transfer Equity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Equity as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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 Energy Transfer Equity Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK) is up $0.45 (1.7%) to $26.88 on average volume. Thus far, 3.1 million shares of Chesapeake Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.29-$26.94 after having opened the day at $26.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.43.

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of properties for the production of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids (NGL) from underground reservoirs in the United States. Chesapeake Energy has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Chesapeake Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full Chesapeake Energy Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Occidental Petroleum ( OXY) is up $0.94 (0.9%) to $104.32 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Occidental Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.09-$104.48 after having opened the day at $103.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.38.

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Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. Occidental Petroleum has a market cap of $80.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Occidental Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Occidental Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins, increase in net income 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 Occidental Petroleum 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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