3 Energy Stocks On The Rise

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One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 17,609 as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,652 issues advancing vs. 1,385 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the industry include China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 2.4%, and PetroChina ( PTR), up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.4%.

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

3. Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum is up $1.23 (2.4%) to $52.08 on light volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $51.32-$52.87 after having opened the day at $51.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.85.

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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 $28.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $1.70 (2.8%) to $62.26 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.4 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.06-$63.17 after having opened the day at $61.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.56.

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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 $31.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 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 solid stock price performance, 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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1. As of noon trading, Williams Companies ( WMB) is up $1.01 (1.8%) to $57.39 on average volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.83-$57.71 after having opened the day at $56.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.38.

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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 $42.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 25.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate 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 and notable return on equity. 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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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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