All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 76 points (-0.4%) at 17,528 as of Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,149 issues advancing vs. 1,775 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits up 2.7% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Marathon Petroleum ( MPC), down 1.5%, and Phillips 66 ( PSX), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Southwestern Energy ( SWN), up 6.5%, Range Resources ( RRC), up 3.9%, Cheniere Energy ( LNG), up 3.2%, Continental Resources ( CLR), up 3.0% and ONEOK Partners ( OKS), up 2.7%.

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

3. Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.B) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Royal Dutch Shell is down $0.24 (-0.5%) to $46.07 on light volume. Thus far, 470,998 shares of Royal Dutch Shell exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $45.87-$46.33 after having opened the day at $45.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.31.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $149.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 33.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. Get the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, BP ( BP) is down $0.19 (-0.6%) to $31.12 on light volume. Thus far, 2.0 million shares of BP exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.05-$31.46 after having opened the day at $31.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.31.

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BP p.l.c. operates as an integrated oil and gas company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Rosneft. BP has a market cap of $97.5 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 17.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BP 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. Get the full BP Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is down $1.02 (-1.4%) to $70.56 on light volume. Thus far, 970,330 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 $70.31-$71.75 after having opened the day at $71.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.58.

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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 $34.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 44.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Valero Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates 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).