HAL, CVX And XOM, Pushing Energy Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 17,796 as of Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,731 issues advancing vs. 1,243 declining with 202 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.7% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Plains All American Pipeline ( PAA), down 1.6%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 2.4%, Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD), down 2.3%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 1.9% and Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.9%. A company within the industry that increased today was Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.1%.

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

3. Halliburton ( HAL) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Halliburton is down $0.78 (-1.5%) to $49.85 on heavy volume. Thus far, 11.1 million shares of Halliburton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.77-$50.98 after having opened the day at $50.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.63.

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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 $41.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, 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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2. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is down $1.25 (-1.1%) to $117.33 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.25-$118.58 after having opened the day at $118.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.58.

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Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in petroleum, chemicals, mining, power generation, and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $221.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, 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 disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Chevron Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $1.30 (-1.3%) to $95.51 on light volume. Thus far, 4.3 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.51-$96.80 after having opened the day at $96.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.81.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $405.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Exxon Mobil Corporation 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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