All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 198 points (-1.2%) at 16,708 as of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 571 issues advancing vs. 2,414 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 1.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Canadian Natural Resources ( CNQ), down 3.0%, Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A), down 2.4%, TransCanada ( TRP), down 2.4%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 1.9% and Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.7%.

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

3. Pioneer Natural Resources ( PXD) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Pioneer Natural Resources is up $1.80 (1.6%) to $117.95 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.2 million shares of Pioneer Natural Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $115.00-$118.51 after having opened the day at $115.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.15.

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Pioneer Natural Resources Company engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas in the United States. The company produces and sells oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas. Pioneer Natural Resources has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 21 analysts who rate Pioneer Natural Resources a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Pioneer Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, EOG Resources ( EOG) is up $0.97 (1.4%) to $68.29 on average volume. Thus far, 2.4 million shares of EOG Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.51-$69.01 after having opened the day at $65.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.32.

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EOG Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, explores for, develops, produces, and markets crude oil and natural gas. EOG Resources has a market cap of $38.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate EOG Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EOG Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full EOG Resources Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $1.01 (1.4%) to $71.67 on average volume. Thus far, 2.5 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 $69.57-$71.68 after having opened the day at $69.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.66.

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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 $34.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 0.1% 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 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).