3 Stocks Driving The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 104 points (0.6%) at 18,145 as of Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,945 issues advancing vs. 1,035 declining with 155 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Crescent Point Energy ( CPG), down 4.7%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 3.1%, Ultrapar Participacoes ( UGP), down 2.9%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), down 0.9% and China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 0.6%.

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 $1.03 (2.0%) to $51.76 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of Total exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.61-$51.76 after having opened the day at $50.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.73.

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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 $119.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Total a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $60.03 on light volume. Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.61-$60.36 after having opened the day at $59.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.68.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $193.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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 and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $1.22 (1.2%) to $101.66 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $100.29-$102.19 after having opened the day at $101.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.44.

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Marathon Petroleum Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in refining, marketing, retailing, and transporting petroleum products primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing, Speedway, and Pipeline Transportation. Marathon Petroleum has a market cap of $28.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Marathon Petroleum 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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