All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 56 points (0.3%) at 17,533 as of Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,658 issues advancing vs. 1,301 declining with 196 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include Williams Companies ( WMB), up 4.5%, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), up 2.9% and Energy Transfer Partners ( ETP), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.9%, Imperial Oil ( IMO), down 1.1%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 0.9%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.6% and Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 0.5%.

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

3. Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners is up $0.54 (1.9%) to $28.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.31-$29.29 after having opened the day at $28.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.43.

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Enterprise Products Partners L.P. provides midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals, and refined products in the United States and internationally. Enterprise Products Partners has a market cap of $56.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 18 analysts who rate Enterprise Products Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enterprise Products Partners as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $1.03 (1.5%) to $69.15 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $67.57-$69.81 after having opened the day at $67.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.12.

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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 $34.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 37.6% 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 notable return on equity. 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, Kinder Morgan ( KMI) is up $0.57 (1.7%) to $34.53 on average volume. Thus far, 8.3 million shares of Kinder Morgan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.96-$34.81 after having opened the day at $34.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.96.

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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 $72.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 19.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 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 and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. 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).