3 Energy Stocks Pushing Industry Growth

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 18,060 as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,739 issues advancing vs. 1,263 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Williams Companies ( WMB), up 3.1%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), up 0.9% and Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR.A), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Devon Energy ( DVN), down 2.5%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 2.4% and China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 1.2%.

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

3. Total ( TOT) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Total is up $0.44 (0.8%) to $53.27 on average volume. Thus far, 700,956 shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.15-$54.00 after having opened the day at $53.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.83.

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TOTAL S.A. operates as an oil and gas company worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Refining & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services. Total has a market cap of $120.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Total a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Total as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Total Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE) is up $0.76 (1.1%) to $69.35 on average volume. Thus far, 630,971 shares of Energy Transfer Equity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.01-$69.81 after having opened the day at $69.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.59.

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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., through its subsidiaries, provides diversified energy-related services in the Unites States. Energy Transfer Equity has a market cap of $36.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Energy Transfer Equity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Equity as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 Energy Transfer Equity Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR) is up $0.14 (1.4%) to $9.90 on average volume. Thus far, 24.1 million shares of Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 47.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $9.80-$10.18 after having opened the day at $9.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $9.76.

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Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras operates as an integrated energy company in Brazil and internationally. Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras has a market cap of $62.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 31.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. 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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