3 Stocks Pulling The Energy Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Sunoco Logistics Partners ( SXL), down 5.0%, Schlumberger ( SLB), down 1.2%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.0%, Total ( TOT), down 0.8% and China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), up 1.7%.

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

3. Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum is down $1.30 (-1.5%) to $86.88 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.55-$88.71 after having opened the day at $88.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.18.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in refining, transporting, and marketing petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $25.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Marathon Petroleum Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is down $0.74 (-1.5%) to $47.96 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 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 $47.87-$48.98 after having opened the day at $48.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.70.

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 $25.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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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1. As of noon trading, Halliburton ( HAL) is down $1.06 (-1.6%) to $66.22 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Halliburton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.14-$67.68 after having opened the day at $67.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.29.

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 $56.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 32.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Halliburton a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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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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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