All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 17,547 as of Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,993 issues advancing vs. 1,000 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Devon Energy ( DVN), down 5.4%, Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras ( PBR), down 4.6%, Continental Resources ( CLR), down 4.6%, Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 2.8% and Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), down 2.8%.

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

3. PetroChina ( PTR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, PetroChina is up $0.55 (0.8%) to $66.89 on average volume. Thus far, 68,471 shares of PetroChina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 171,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.87-$68.28 after having opened the day at $67.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.34.

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PetroChina Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, produces and sells oil and gas in the People's Republic of China. The company operates through Exploration and Production, Refining and Chemicals, Marketing, and Natural Gas and Pipeline segments. PetroChina has a market cap of $118.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 40.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate PetroChina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PetroChina as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, 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 PetroChina Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD) is up $0.46 (2.0%) to $22.88 on average volume. Thus far, 3.5 million shares of Enterprise Products Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.21-$23.20 after having opened the day at $22.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.42.

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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 $44.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 37.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its reasonable valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Enterprise Products Partners Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.72 (1.1%) to $69.03 on average volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Valero Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.00-$69.89 after having opened the day at $68.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.31.

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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 $32.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 38.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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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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).