3 Stocks Moving The Energy Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 25 points (-0.1%) at 18,080 as of Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,119 issues advancing vs. 1,860 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Seadrill ( SDRL), up 5.0%, Concho Resources ( CXO), up 3.0%, Cameron International ( CAM), up 2.8%, Statoil ASA ( STO), up 2.5% and MarkWest Energy Partners ( MWE), up 2.3%. A company within the industry that fell today was Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), up 3.9%.

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

3. Williams Companies ( WMB) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Williams Companies is up $0.56 (1.1%) to $50.20 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $49.55-$50.31 after having opened the day at $49.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.64.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Access Midstream, and Williams NGL & Petchem Services. Williams Companies has a market cap of $38.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Williams Companies Ratings Report now.

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