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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 176 points (1.0%) at 17,936 as of Monday, July 13, 2015, 1:10 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,114 issues advancing vs. 915 declining with 124 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.8%. Top gainers within the industry include MarkWest Energy Partners ( MWE), up 12.6%, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), up 8.3%, National Oilwell Varco ( NOV), up 1.8%, Spectra Energy ( SE), up 1.6% and Baker Hughes ( BHI), up 1.0%. A company within the industry that fell today was Crescent Point Energy ( CPG), up 4.1%.

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 $1.84 (2.8%) to $67.69 on heavy volume. Thus far, 5.7 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.73-$67.85 after having opened the day at $66.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.85.

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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 $32.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 33.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. 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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2. As of noon trading, Halliburton ( HAL) is up $0.44 (1.1%) to $41.77 on average volume. Thus far, 5.3 million shares of Halliburton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.04-$41.83 after having opened the day at $41.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.33.

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Halliburton Company provides a range of services and products to the upstream oil and natural gas industry worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Completion and Production, and Drilling and Evaluation. Halliburton has a market cap of $35.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 16 analysts who rate Halliburton a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Halliburton as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Halliburton Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Williams Companies ( WMB) is up $0.49 (0.8%) to $58.38 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $57.66-$58.50 after having opened the day at $57.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.89.

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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 $42.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 28.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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).