3 Stocks Pushing The Energy Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 97 points (0.6%) at 17,481 as of Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 12:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,800 issues advancing vs. 1,144 declining with 202 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Pembina Pipeline ( PBA), down 2.0%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 1.4% and Ecopetrol ( EC), down 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Devon Energy ( DVN), up 9.6%, Chesapeake Energy ( CHK), up 6.0%, Cenovus Energy ( CVE), up 4.6%, Suncor Energy ( SU), up 4.0% and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 3.5%.

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

3. Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Pioneer Natural Resources is down $7.74 (-4.3%) to $173.18 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.6 million shares of Pioneer Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $170.53-$175.88 after having opened the day at $173.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $180.91.

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company operates as an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources has a market cap of $26.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Pioneer Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pioneer Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is down $1.06 (-2.1%) to $49.57 on average volume. Thus far, 4.8 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.05-$50.85 after having opened the day at $50.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.63.

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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 $26.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 0.5% 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 5 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, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is down $0.09 (-0.8%) to $11.23 on average volume. Thus far, 17.2 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $11.00-$11.32 after having opened the day at $11.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.32.

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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated oil and gas company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $73.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras 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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