One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 8 points (0.0%) at 17,223 as of Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,678 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 204 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1657.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include HollyFrontier ( HFC), down 2.3%, Tenaris ( TS), down 2.1%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 1.4%, Total ( TOT), down 0.8% and PetroChina ( PTR), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Helix Energy Solutions Group ( HLX), up 34.6%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), up 3.4%, Spectra Energy Partners ( SEP), up 1.1%, Suncor Energy ( SU), up 1.5% and TransCanada ( TRP), up 1.2%.

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

3. Valero Energy ( VLO) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Valero Energy is down $1.36 (-2.2%) to $60.08 on average volume. Thus far, 3.8 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.98-$61.30 after having opened the day at $61.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.43.

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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 $31.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 24.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 11 analysts that 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, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is down $0.45 (-0.8%) to $53.24 on average volume. Thus far, 4.7 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.22-$54.25 after having opened the day at $53.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.69.

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ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids worldwide. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $68.1 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. Get the full ConocoPhillips Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM) is down $0.38 (-0.5%) to $80.61 on light volume. Thus far, 4.9 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $80.20-$81.05 after having opened the day at $80.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.99.

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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 $343.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 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).