All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 88 points (0.5%) at 17,013 as of Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,733 issues advancing vs. 1,240 declining with 181 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the industry include Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 1.7%, PetroChina ( PTR), up 1.3%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B), up 1.0%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), up 0.9% and Statoil ASA ( STO), up 0.9%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 3.2%, Ecopetrol ( EC), down 1.2% and ConocoPhillips ( COP), down 0.6%.

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

3. Noble Energy ( NBL) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Noble Energy is up $0.63 (1.8%) to $35.41 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 million shares of Noble Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.57-$35.52 after having opened the day at $34.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.78.

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Noble Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. Noble Energy has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Noble Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Noble Energy 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Noble Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Marathon Petroleum ( MPC) is up $0.74 (1.5%) to $49.33 on light volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Marathon Petroleum exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.53-$49.54 after having opened the day at $48.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.59.

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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 $26.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Marathon Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. 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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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.61 (1.0%) to $61.99 on light volume. Thus far, 1.8 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.59-$62.85 after having opened the day at $61.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.38.

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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 $30.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 24.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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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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).