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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