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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 69 points (-0.4%) at 17,966 as of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,566 issues advancing vs. 1,391 declining with 190 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Hess ( HES), down 2.7%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 2.3%, Noble Energy ( NBL), down 2.2%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 1.7% and Marathon Oil ( MRO), down 1.7%.

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

3. China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, China Petroleum & Chemical is up $1.98 (2.2%) to $90.57 on light volume. Thus far, 59,939 shares of China Petroleum & Chemical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 176,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.97-$90.58 after having opened the day at $90.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.59.

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China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the oil and gas, and chemical operations and businesses in the People's Republic of China. China Petroleum & Chemical has a market cap of $104.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Petroleum & Chemical a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Petroleum & Chemical as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 China Petroleum & Chemical Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, PetroChina ( PTR) is up $2.04 (1.6%) to $131.63 on average volume. Thus far, 78,850 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 176,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $131.28-$132.24 after having opened the day at $131.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.59.

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PetroChina Company Limited produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates in four segments: Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline. PetroChina has a market cap of $243.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.76 (1.3%) to $58.23 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 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 $57.34-$58.59 after having opened the day at $57.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.47.

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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 $29.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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 Valero Energy 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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