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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 55 points (0.3%) at 18,183 as of Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,001 issues advancing vs. 987 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 1.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Ecopetrol ( EC), up 3.7%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), up 2.4%, Williams Partners ( WPZ), up 2.4%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 1.8% and Total ( TOT), up 1.1%.

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

3. Suncor Energy ( SU) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Suncor Energy is up $0.43 (1.5%) to $28.63 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Suncor Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.43-$28.84 after having opened the day at $28.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.20.

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Suncor Energy Inc. operates as an integrated energy company. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $40.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Suncor Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Suncor Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $1.19 (1.9%) to $62.74 on average volume. Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.69-$62.75 after having opened the day at $61.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.55.

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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 $31.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 24.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Valero Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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 attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is up $0.95 (1.1%) to $85.49 on average volume. Thus far, 6.1 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $85.01-$85.78 after having opened the day at $85.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.54.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $354.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable 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 weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity. 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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