3 Stocks Boosting The Energy Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 18,051 as of Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,058 issues advancing vs. 1,892 declining with 171 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 1.5%, and Cheniere Energy ( LNG), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include TransCanada ( TRP), down 1.0%, Total ( TOT), down 1.0%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.9% and China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 0.7%.

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

3. Valero Energy ( VLO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Valero Energy is up $0.45 (0.8%) to $59.37 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.18-$60.48 after having opened the day at $58.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.92.

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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 $30.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 19.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, 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 Valero Energy Ratings Report now.

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