One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 4 points (0.0%) at 17,606 as of Monday, March 21, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,224 issues advancing vs. 1,702 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE), down 6.3%, ONEOK Partners ( OKS), down 5.3%, EQT ( EQT), down 4.5%, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), down 3.0% and Total ( TOT), down 2.5%.

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

3. Antero Resources ( AR) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry higher today. As of noon trading, Antero Resources is up $1.06 (4.3%) to $25.81 on average volume. Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Antero Resources exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.55-$26.17 after having opened the day at $24.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.75.

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Antero Resources Corporation, an independent oil and natural gas company, acquires, explores, and develops natural gas, natural gas liquids, and oil properties in the United States. Antero Resources has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Antero Resources a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Valero Energy ( VLO) is up $0.80 (1.2%) to $65.96 on light volume. Thus far, 2.5 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 $64.97-$66.28 after having opened the day at $65.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.16.

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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 $30.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts who rate Valero Energy a buy, no analysts rate 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. 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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1. As of noon trading, Schlumberger ( SLB) is up $0.88 (1.2%) to $74.40 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Schlumberger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.18-$74.73 after having opened the day at $72.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.52.

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Schlumberger Limited supplies technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas exploration and production industry worldwide. Schlumberger has a market cap of $93.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts who rate Schlumberger a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger 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, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Schlumberger 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).