All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 86 points (-0.5%) at 18,509 as of Thursday, July 21, 2016, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,295 issues advancing vs. 1,607 declining with 160 unchanged.

The Energy industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Kinder Morgan ( KMI), down 4.0%, Enbridge ( ENB), down 1.5%, China Petroleum & Chemical ( SNP), down 1.4%, Spectra Energy ( SE), down 1.3% and ConocoPhillips ( COP), down 1.1%.

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

3. Hess ( HES) is one of the companies pushing the Energy industry lower today. As of noon trading, Hess is down $0.87 (-1.5%) to $55.49 on light volume. Thus far, 756,300 shares of Hess exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $55.45-$56.93 after having opened the day at $56.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.36.

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Hess Corporation, an exploration and production company, develops, produces, purchases, transports, and sells crude oil, natural gas liquids, and natural gas. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. Hess has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Hess a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

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

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2. As of noon trading, Energy Transfer Equity ( ETE) is down $0.38 (-2.2%) to $16.61 on light volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of Energy Transfer Equity exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.53-$17.12 after having opened the day at $16.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.99.

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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. provides diversified energy-related services in the Unites States. Energy Transfer Equity has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 23.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Energy Transfer Equity a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy Transfer Equity as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. Get the full Energy Transfer Equity Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Williams Companies ( WMB) is down $0.36 (-1.4%) to $24.76 on average volume. Thus far, 8.0 million shares of Williams Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.72-$25.44 after having opened the day at $25.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.13.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company primarily in the United States. The company operates through Williams Partners, Williams NGL (natural gas liquids) & Petchem Services, and Other segments. Williams Companies has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. Get the full Williams Companies 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).