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5 Stocks Pushing The Basic Materials Sector Higher

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the basic materials sector higher today, Nov. 13, 2012.

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 52 points (0.4%) at 12,867 as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, 11:54 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,426 issues advancing vs. 1,481 declining with 120 unchanged.

The Basic Materials sector currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. Top gainers within the sector include Emerald Oil ( EOX), up 264.9%, EOG Resources ( EOG), up 1.8%, Anadarko Petroleum ( APC), up 1.6%, Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 1.5% and Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), up 1.4%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Williams Partners ( WPZ), down 2.3%, PetroChina ( PTR), down 1.9%, Barrick Gold Corporation ( ABX), down 1.2%, Vale ( VALE), down 0.8% and Suncor Energy ( SU), down 1.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Talisman Energy ( TLM) is one of the companies pushing the Basic Materials sector higher today. As of noon trading, Talisman Energy is up $0.36 (3.2%) to $11.52 on light volume Thus far, 1.5 million shares of Talisman Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.95-$11.52 after having opened the day at $10.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $11.16.

Talisman Energy Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, development, production, transportation, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. It primarily operates in North America, the North Sea, and southeast Asia. Talisman Energy has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -27.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Talisman Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Talisman Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. Get the full Talisman Energy Ratings Report now.

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