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10 Worst S&P 500 Energy Stocks in the Third Quarter

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In the third quarter of 2015, the S&P 500 energy index declined sharply even when compared to a deep fall the general market.

The S&P 500 energy index was down 17% in the quarter, compared to the S&P 500, which declined nearly 7%.

In the first half of the year, S&P 500 energy index also underperformed the market and was down 6%, compared to the market as a whole, which was up 1.2%.

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Since oil prices have been depressed for almost a year, energy stocks have taken a beating. Many of these companies spend a lot of money getting oil out of the ground, processing it, storing it and transporting it and so their fortunes improve when the price of oil (what consumers pay for their efforts) goes up.

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That said, here are the worst of the worst in the energy sector in the third quarter. TheStreet paired the 10 best performing energy sector stocks with TheStreet Ratings to determine whether they really are poor investments going forward.

Here are the 10 stocks in the energy sector which had the worst third-quarter.

paired each of these tickers with TheStreet Ratings to let you know if you should buy, sell, or hold these best performing stocks. (Note: Because of TheStreet Ratings parameters, not all stocks on this list have a rating).

TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool, projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month...