All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 70 points (0.4%) at 17,562 as of Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,588 issues advancing vs. 1,312 declining with 168 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD), up 4.0%, Concho Resources ( CXO), up 4.1%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 2.0%, Kinder Morgan ( KMI), up 1.6% and Exxon Mobil Corporation ( XOM), up 1.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 3.3%, Baker Hughes ( BHI), down 2.0% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 2.0%.

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 $1.23 (1.8%) to $71.11 on light volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.44-$71.17 after having opened the day at $70.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.88.

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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 $34.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 41.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 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 weak operating cash flow. Get the full Valero Energy Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, ConocoPhillips ( COP) is up $1.20 (2.5%) to $49.67 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of ConocoPhillips exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.01-$49.85 after having opened the day at $48.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.47.

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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 $59.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate ConocoPhillips a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, 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 ConocoPhillips Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Chevron ( CVX) is up $2.29 (2.6%) to $89.89 on average volume. Thus far, 5.2 million shares of Chevron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $87.61-$90.37 after having opened the day at $88.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.60.

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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 $162.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Chevron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chevron 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full Chevron 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).