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 97 points (-0.5%) at 17,802 as of Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,032 issues advancing vs. 1,944 declining with 177 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Ecopetrol ( EC), up 3.3%, and Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 1.7%. A company within the industry that fell today was China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 1.3%.

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

3. Continental Resources ( CLR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Continental Resources is up $0.93 (2.0%) to $47.23 on light volume. Thus far, 803,403 shares of Continental Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.60-$47.26 after having opened the day at $45.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.30.

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Continental Resources, Inc. explores, develops, and produces crude oil and natural gas properties in the north, south, and east regions of the United States. Continental Resources has a market cap of $17.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 20.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Continental Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Continental Resources as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Continental Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Williams Companies ( WMB) is up $0.50 (1.1%) to $47.50 on average volume. Thus far, 2.8 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $46.28-$47.73 after having opened the day at $46.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.99.

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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 $35.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Williams Companies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is up $0.32 (0.8%) to $39.24 on heavy volume. Thus far, 7.3 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.39-$39.60 after having opened the day at $38.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.92.

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Kinder Morgan, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure and energy company in North America. The company operates through Natural Gas Pipelines, CO2, Terminals, Products Pipelines, Kinder Morgan Canada, and Other segments. Kinder Morgan has a market cap of $86.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate Kinder Morgan a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kinder Morgan as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Kinder Morgan 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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