One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 217 points (1.3%) at 16,418 as of Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,782 issues advancing vs. 1,190 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include HollyFrontier ( HFC), up 4.2%, TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.3%, Suncor Energy ( SU), up 1.2%, Enbridge ( ENB), up 1.2% and Total ( TOT), up 0.6%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Western Gas Equity Partners ( WGP), down 2.9%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 2.4%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.0% and China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 0.6%.

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 $0.67 (1.1%) to $60.47 on light volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.47-$60.96 after having opened the day at $60.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.80.

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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 $29.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are up 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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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2. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is up $0.81 (1.1%) to $77.70 on average volume. Thus far, 4.2 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.36-$78.16 after having opened the day at $77.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.89.

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Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. Chevron has a market cap of $143.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are down 31.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Chevron Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is up $0.60 (0.8%) to $73.33 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.89-$73.53 after having opened the day at $73.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.73.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a market cap of $301.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 24.3. Shares are down 21.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Exxon Mobil Corporation 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).